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Around the Districts: Coolgreany to Tara Hill


Thomas Kennedy, member of Courtown BMX Club, taking part in the BMX Bike Fest at Riverchapel BMX Track.

Thomas Kennedy, member of Courtown BMX Club, taking part in the BMX Bike Fest at Riverchapel BMX Track.

Thomas Kennedy, member of Courtown BMX Club, taking part in the BMX Bike Fest at Riverchapel BMX Track.



Garda Community Policing Unit

The Garda Community Policing Unit held another popup station in the May Byrne House on last Wednesday, and it was again very worthwhile exercise with many locals calling to have forms signed and witnessed which is very convenient rather than having to travel to Gorey Garda Station.


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The local community extend their deepest sympathy to the family of the late Oliver Cullen, Shirsheen and Greystones, Co Wicklow, whose burial took place in Redford Cemetery, Greystones following Mass in Greystones Church on last Saturday.

Oliver was a very prominent member of Castletown-Liam Mellows GAA Club and won numerous county titles in both hurling and football. He also represented his county in both hurling and football. May he rest in peace.

Tidy Towns

In and around Coolgreany village, the volunteers that came out have picked over 30 bags of litter and this week we will be out again so if you have a free hour please join us. Bags and gloves can be collected at Vera’s.

A Fás worker is badly needed for the village, please call Siobhán at 087 1145021. volunteers are needed to pick more litter and we are looking for a few people on each road to help out with flower beds and tidy grass verges, please don’t leave it all to the grannies and great grans.


Congratulations and birthday greetings to Cian Malone Askinch, who celebrates his 15th birthday on Wednesday, May 25. Have a lovely day Cian.

Golden Circle trips

Golden Circle social group are going to Boom on June 2 – price is €28. They are off to the Rathwood festival of music with the Willoughby’s on June 11 – price is €15 for bus

Local Notes

Please remember to forward all notes to me by 6 p.m. on Sunday evening for inclusion in the following week’s paper. Phone Dan: 087 4605166.


COI services

Service times for the Ardamine Group of Parishes are as follows.

Thursday, May 26 – The feast of the Ascension: Clonevan 8 p.m. (Holy Communion).

Sunday, May 29 – The Seventh Sunday of Easter: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kiltennel 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday, June 5 – Pentecost: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Ardamine 10.15 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Holy Communion).

Sunday, June 12 – Trinity Sunday: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kiltennel 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday, June 19 – Trinity I: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion), Ardamine 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion), Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday, June 26 – Trinity II: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kilmuckridge 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion), Clonevan 11.30 a.m. (Morning Prayer).


Ring of Kerry cycle

Best of luck to Jim Hempenstall and Patrick Doyle, who will be cycling the Ring of Kerry in aid of charity in July. More details to follow.

Parent and Toddler Group

The parent and Toddler Group will be in Craanford Community Centre on Thursday morning, May 26, at 10.30 a.m. €3 per family. For further information call 087 6103624.

GAA club golf classic

The Craanford-Monaseed GAA Club golf classic takes place on Friday, June 24, in Coolattin Golf club – contact Mick Lyons at 087 2580420 for more info.


Bingo is played in Craanford Community Centre every Friday night at 8 p.m. – please come along and support. Helpers are needed, if interested contact Liz Furlong 087 2317020.

GAA News

Please see Facebook for all game updates – well done to the under-16 camogie girls on their win over Castletown. Well done to our young footballers involved with Coláiste Bhríde in the great win over Kilcoole in the Wicklow Senior football schools final. Hard luck to the adult intermediate men who lost out to Shels. Well done to the minors and the junior B teams on their success last weekend.

Dates for Cúl Camps are July 25 to July 29 in Craanford covering football for boys and girls and hurling and camogie.

Do you have lucky numbers? Why not include them in the club lotto, you are welcome to contact any club officers who will get you set up so you never miss the weekly draw. Renewals lotto subscriptions are now most welcome and appreciated. Contact James Byrne or Mick Shortall.

The club lotto’s jackpot of €5,400 was not won. Numbers drawn were 7, 9, 11 and 19 Next week’s jackpot €5,500. Lucky-dip winners Anthony Macken, Trish Steadmond, Michael Doyle, Cooney’s Pub, Josie Dowling, Lukie Finn. Tickets available from Donal’s Gorey, John Bass Tyres, Cooney Communications Craanford, Lambert’s Camolin, you are most welcome to sign up for the year also, thank you for your support always, it is very welcome and appreciated.

National club draw tickets with fantastic prizes are currently on sale from club members, tickets only €10 with all proceeds from ticket sales going back to the club.

Hire the Complex

Looking for a venue for your child’s birthday party why not consider the indoor complex in Craanford, available to rent, protection from any weather mishaps, an ideal venue for indoor games etc. Ring 086 8228686.

Church News

Patron dates – Kilnahue Wednesday, June 15, at 7.30 p.m., Rossminogue Wednesday, June 29, at 7.30 p.m., Monaseed Friday, July 1, at 7.30 p.m., Craanford Sunday, July 31, at 3 p.m. Knockbrandon and Mount St Benedict TBD.

Mass Intentions

Saturday, May 28, 6 p.m. – Mary Ellen Wafer.1st Anniversary. Mylie Wafer. Luke Wafer. Saturday, June 4, 6 p.m. Billy Doyle, Ballinacoola. Saturday, June 11, 6 p.m. Marie Granger (benefactor)

Mass Times – Monaseed: Saturday 7.30 p.m. Sunday 9.30 a.m.; daily Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. Craanford: Saturday 6 p.m. Sunday 10.30 a.m.; daily Mass Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Friday.

Mass Cards – Sympathy Cards, Mass Bouquets, Get Well Mass Bouquets etc. are available from the parish office and Londis (Carnew Road)

Used stamps for the Missions – Again a big thank you to the people in Craanford and Monaseed for their ongoing support for the Missions by putting their stamps in the boxes in the porches in both churches. A reminder to take off the stamps, leaving around 1.5cms around the stamp please, from their envelopes and put them in the box in the church porches.



First lady at last week’s whist was won by Arlene Dooley, second lady was Eithne Kelly and half time lady was Violet Bailey; first gent was Noel Carter, second gent was Jack Stanley and half time gent was Keith Bailey, Raffle winners on the night were Marie Cushe, Eileen Furlong and Finn Bailey.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mary Lee and George Gilbert. Whist continues on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. in Shamrock Hall, Kilanerin – all are welcome.

Irish Lessons

Irish lessons for adults (all levels) are on in Ballyfad Community Hall every Monday night starting Monday 23rd May to 27th June 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. €5 per night. Contact Frank Clune on 083 8214656 or email clunef@gmail.com


Confirmation will take place on Friday 2th May at 11 a.m. in Kilanerin Church for 20 pupils from Kilanerin National School and at 2 p.m. for 11 pupils from Ballythomas National School. There will be room for family and friends to attend both ceremonies all are welcome.

Kilanerin Church

Morning mass Tuesday and Friday morning 9.30 p.m. and Saturday 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m Eucharistic adoration on Tuesday from after morning mass to 9 p.m.

Ballyfad Church

Morning mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 7.30 p.m. first anniversary mass Mick Bushe Mullawn. Sunday 9 a.m.


Art exhibition

An exhibition by local artists Sheena Furlong and Trish Middleton entitled ‘Yugen’ will take place in the Ford Studio in Kilmuckridge on Friday, June 3, to Monday, June 3, from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The art on display is collection of landscapes depicting the diverse styles of both artists from sculpture to paintings using a combination of materials and mediums. Local artist Declan Breen will perform the opening reception for the exhibition on Friday evening, June 3. The Ford Studio is open daily from 11.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Pop Up Garda Stations

A warm welcome is extended to members of the Garda Unit in their new community outreach service in the KMH from 12 mid day to 1.30 p.m. on selected Mondays. Services like passport, driving license and register of electors are available, it also offers the opportunity to meet in a less formal setting.

The next pop up station will be held on Monday, May 30, and following that Monday, June 27.

Clothes Swap

Kilmuckridge Tidy Towns will hold a ‘Clothes Swap’ in the KMH on Friday and Saturday, June 24, and 25. If you wish to bring clothes, please call into the KMH on Friday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Clothes swapping will take place on Saturday the 25th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clothes must be clean and in good condition, men’s, women’s in all sizes also shoes, handbags, jewellery hats and scarves. You simply take away one item for the one you bring and all other items can be purchased for the bargain price of €1.

Buffers Alley GAA

Irish Scholarship Opportunity – Each year Wexford GAA offers part-funded Irish Scholarships to Coláiste Laighean based at Good Counsel Counsel College, New Ross (details attached). There are two different courses – one for second-5th Year students and the other from sixth class to second year. The club, Co Board and family share the costs of the scholarship.

If you are interested in putting your son or daughter’s name forward for inclusion in a club draw, please text our Runaí Aideen on +353 087 7862670 before Wednesday evening next, May 25, at 7 p.m. Each club may submit two names which will be included in a county draw to determine the lucky club and recipient. All applicants must be paid up members of their club. This is a wonderful opportunity for our young players. Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí.

Upcoming Games – On Thursday night, May 26, our under-15 footballers travel to Hollymount for their game v Shelmaliers. Friday night is a busy one with our Junior B men playing Tara Rocks at home at 7.30 while our first team play Tara Rocks at 7.30 and our under-11s have their Go Games v Craanford at 6.30 p.m.

Shedfest – Good Luck to everyone involved with Shedfest this Saturday night, May 28. After a lapse of two years, it is back bigger and better with some well-known bands taking to the stage. Tickets available through the Shedfest Facebook page or on the door on the night.

Leinster Minor Football – Good Luck to our Niall Furlong and the Wexford squad who play Meath in the final of the Séamus Heaney Minor Football Cup tonight Wednesday, May 25, at 7.30 in Portlaoise.

Club Draws – Good Luck to all our participants in the May and June Wexford GAA/Buffers Alley Club and County Draw which takes place tonight Wednesday, May 25, in Chadwicks Wexford Park. On Friday night we will hold our own monthly Club Draw so lots of chances for our members to win prizes.

Kellogg’s Cúl Camp – Booking is now open online for the GAA Cúl Camps 2022. This year the Buffers Alley Camp will run from July 11 to July 15. Each child receives Kellogg’s GAA Jersey, 1/4 zip top and backpack. Lots of fun and activity. Book early – visit kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/



The Blessing of the Graves in Monamolin will take place on June 19 at 2 p.m.

Shed Fest

Shed Fest will take place in Buffers Alley GAA grounds on May 28, starting at 8 p.m. and contunuing till late, with music from Smash Hits (The Pucas and Liam Byrne, DJ Ciano) barbecue and two stages, a 100ft bar and a Taxi rank. Strictly over-18s. ID required.

Well wishes

To all our friends in our community who are not feeling the best at the moment, we are thinking of you and to a great man of the parish who is in a Nursing Home at the moment we are thinking of you.


First Holy Communion

Congratulations to all the boys and girls who celebrated their First Holy Communion on Saturday last in St Kevin’s church. Hope they all had an enjoyable day with family and friends.


The patron at St Kevin’s Cemetery will take place on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m.

Happy birthday

Belated birthday wishes to Isabelle O’Neill, Tara Hill, who recently celebrated her birthday. Wishing you many more healthy and happy years ahead.


Any notes for the paper please forward to 087 9434090 or ck0802@gmail.com by 7 p.m. on Sunday for inclusion in the following week’s paper.