Around the Districts: Askamore to Carnew

Ger Walsh, Áine Kavanagh and Ruth Gallagher at the County Wexford Chamber networking event in the Ashdown Park Hotel.

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St. Brigid’s Church

Askamore Prayer Group continues in the Prayer Chapel in Askamore Church each Thursday at 7pm.

Ballyellis National School

Winner of “Split the Pot” on Thursday 16th March was Tommy Byrne, Kiltilahane, winning €115. Split the Pot envelopes can be had from any parent in the school or by calling into the school. Many thanks to everyone for your support, it is much appreciated.

We are currently accepting enrolment applications for Junior Infants starting in September 2023. Please contact the school at 053 9426159 or email the school at to receive an enrolment form.

Stories from Sliabh Bhuí–Creative Writing Project

Askamore Community Council is interested in offering an opportunity for Creative Writing in our local area.

Writer-Facilitator Sylvia Cullen approached the group to suggest a six-week project followed by a launch, gathering together a series of stories from the environs of Sliabh Bhuí and beyond.

An application is being considered, to be made under Wexford Co. Council’s Creative Communities Scheme. This scheme covers the writer’s fee, with Askamore covering ‘in kind’ costs, as well as the cash cost of printing a booklet if desired.

Participants will be adults who are keen to try their hand at memoir writing. No previous experience is necessary!

Timeline: during May/June 2023, over a six-week period, we will host the proposed series of Creative Writing Workshops at the Community Hall in Askamore, on Monday mornings.

Aim: Producing a new collection of memoir writing, will be our main goal.

Workshops: This series of workshops is an exciting opportunity for people who live in the Askamore area. Participants will each decide on a story they wish to write and receive guidance, help and encouragement along the way–sharing their own particular take on life in the locality. Participants will be free to choose their own theme, writing style and story setting contemporary or historical.

Celebration: Our aim is to gather all the new writing together in a specially-designed booklet, which will be launched at an inclusive public event. Please contact 0852156848.


Pilates every Wednesday morning in Askamore Hall at 9am.


Zumba Classes will take placed every Wednesday at 7pm in Askamore Hall.

Kilrush Askamore GAA

Lotto–There was no winner of the last draw. The numbers were 4,12,30,31. Jackpot is now at: €7,900. Lucky dip winners were: Jackie Tighe, Gerard Kinsella, Alan Devereux, Paul Tobin. Sellers Prize: Paul Doran. Next Draw: Tuesday 28th March in Ferns St. Aidan’s GAA Grounds, at 10pm.

Ballyroebuck Hall

Ballyroebuck Hall hosts a weekly social get together on Wednesday mornings from 10am–12pm. For €4, you can play a few books of community bingo and enjoy a cup of tea and the old catch up while you are there.

Kilrush Drama Group–Awards to date

Kilrush DG got off to a good start with their production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Coming 2nd in the Open Section in Kilmuckridge with Joanne Logue, winning Best Actress, Kevin McEvoy winning Best Lighting, Lar Duffy and Mick Byrne winning Best Set, and the group winning Best Stage Management and Best Presentation. The group also came 3rd in both Mountmellick and Gorey, where Joanne picked up two more Best Actress awards. Kevin won Best Lighting in Mountmellick where John Joe Murphy won an Adjudicators Award for his acting as a newcomer. Lar and Mick won a 2nd Award in Gorey for Best Set and Kevin went on to win a 3rd Best Lighting award in Castleblaney. The last set of results to come in last weekend was from Portadown, which brings Kevin’s Best Lighting Awards to 4 which is a super achievement, and the group won a further award for Best Stage Management. Best Moment in Theatre, and received a further 2nd place. Congratulations to all. Don’t miss the opportunity to see their production in the South Wicklow Drama Festival, Carnew on Friday next the 24th.

South Wicklow Drama Festival

The Festival will continue until Sunday night next with the following plays (nightly at 8 p.m. except final night – 7.30 p.m. start).

Wednesday, March 22: Bridge Drama ‘Big Big Sky’ by Tom Wells. Sponsor: Osborne’s Centra, Carnew.

Thursday, March 23: Bunclody/Kilmyshall Drama Group ‘The Night Alive’ by Conor McPherson. Sponsor: Kenny’s Corner House, Carnew.

Friday, March 24: Kilrush Drama Group ‘The Beauty Queen of Leenane’ by Martin McDonagh. Sponsor: Candy’s Costcutter, Carnew.

Saturday, March 25: Thurles Drama Group ‘The Seafarer’ by Conor McPherson. Sponsor: K & K Windows, Craanford.

Sunday, March 26: Wexford Drama Group ‘The Father’ by Florian Zeller. Sponsor: South EastSecurity and Safety Ltd.


Cake sale/coffee morning

The Student Council in Ballycanew NS will be holding a coffee morning and cake sale on Wednesday, March 29, from 9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. Members of the community are welcome to come along and join us for a cuppa. Donations of cakes can be left into the school office on Tuesday, March 28. Please mark clearly if the product contains egg. Thank you.

Scholastic Book Fair

A children’s book fair will be held in Ballycanew NS from Monday, March 27, to Thursday, March 30, from from 1.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Commission from all the purchases will be used to purchase more books for the school library. Parents and members of the public are most welcome to attend as their support would be very much appreciated. Mobile book cases packed with the best books will be displayed in the school.

Zumba Class

An adult Zumba Class has started at Ballycanew National School Hall, continuing on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A new term started last week. Term offer: six classes for only €45. Drop in rate: €10.

With Latin music and basic moves from all over the globe, Zumba is a fun way to get fit and release feel good endorphins. All levels are welcome and no previous experience needed. Contact


Congratulations to the Saturday, March 18 winner of split-the-pot, Peggy Byrne - prize was €163. Thanks to everyone for your continued support

St Patrick’s G.A.A

Lotto - There was no winner of the jackpot on Monday March 13; 4 matched 3 numbers to each receive €40: Eilish Higgins, Peggy Byrne, Harry Quinn, G.B.C.D.C

Walking track closure - Due to construction works taking place part of the walking track will have restricted access or be closed for the next week to allow for installation of flood lightning on our underage pitch.

Membership – Start of a new years activity and membership fees are now payable. All memberships to be paid through by March 31. To pay go to search for ‘CLG NAOMH PADRAIG’ and follow the steps to payment. If you have any trouble get in touch.

Gaelic4mothers and others – St Patrick’s Gaelic4mothers and others is back on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on the astro in Camolin. All newcomers are welcome, no experience necessary.

Community Development Association

Ballycanew-Ballyoughter Community Development Association are delighted to announce funding of €20,000 for Ballycanew Resource center. We would like to thank councillor Pip Breen for his help with our application and thank you also to the Department of rural and community development and Wexford County Council who are administering the fund great day for Ballycanew

We are elighted to be able to offer an instant translation service at Ballycanew Resource Centre. The center is dedicated to provide the technology to allow us to be as inclusive as we possibly can Timekettle WT2 Edge Translator Device – Bidirection Simultaneous Translation, Language Translator Device with 40 Languages and 93 Accent Online, Translator Earbuds with APP, Fit for iOS and Android.

Little Ducklings Playschool

Little Ducklings Playschool are now taking enrolments for September 2023. Avail of the free playschool facility with Little Ducklings for your child. Limited places available so contact Andrea at 087 9437166 to secure your child’s place now.

Dog walkers note

If you are using the parish field to walk your dogs could you please ensure that you pick up after your dog especially around the fence and the gateway into playground as this is where small children use every day.

Recycling Clothing Banks

Reminder. Please do not leave bags at the clothing bank if the bank is full. Bring it home and come back another day. The bank is emptied regularly.

Local notes

If you have anything that you would like to be included in the local notes then please contact Ann at 087 7433684 by 5 p.m. on Sundays evenings or email


Table Quiz

A Table Quiz will take place in the Schooner Bar in Ballygarrett on Friday 24th March at 9pm. The table quiz is to raise funds for the St. Aidan’s Day Care Centre. The cost is €5 per head with any size team. All are welcome and we look forward to seeing everyone there on the night.

Kiddies Disco

Get those dancing shoes on for our Primary School Disco at Ballygarrett GAA complex Friday 31st March 6.30-8.30pm. Cost €5

Killenagh Wanderers FC

The Indoor Astro pitch is now available to hire for childrens parties and 5a side soccer. Contact Danny Whelan - .

Lotto - The Killenagh Wanderers lotto can now be played online at All online entries must be made by 6 p.m. on the evening of the draw. Paper tickets continue to be on sale and can be bought at Rath’s Stores Ballygarrett and from usual ticket sellers. Numbers Drawn on 13th March were 5, 9, 24, 27. No Jackpot Winner of €9,400. Two Match 3 Winners. Congratulations Ann O’Leary and Kathleen Redmond, you each win €50. Next Draw Monday 20/03/2023. Next week’s Jackpot €9,500

Tidy Towns

Ballygarrett Tidy Towns have teamed up with Teresa Booch & Bia to bring a fantastic workshop to touch on topics such Preservation, fermentation, food waste ,increase plant consumption and culinary nutrition to name a few.

Date: Sunday 2nd April, 10-12 noon in Ballygarrett GAA complex. Places are limited and full payment be required to secure places. Contact 087 9389288 to book your place. Cost: €50 per person

Cahore Book Club

Cahore Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month in the Strand Restaurant, Cahore from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Due to an amazing turnout we have now reached our full quota of members. For more information contact Jackie on 086 3895654

Old GAA memorabilia

Réalt na Mara GAA Club are decorating our Bar area with Significant Photos and Memorabilia etc. If you have photos or items of interest please send to Claire 085 726 2206 Or Emmet 0860472361 email :

St Vincent de Paul

St Vincent de Paul is available to assist families who maybe experiencing particular financial stress, especially with basic necessities. Help is available by contacting SVDP on the confidential help line 085 1159495

Local Notes

If you have anything that you would like to be included in the local notes then please contact Ann at 087 7433684 or email by 5 p.m. on Sunday evenings.



Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of Edward Dowse, Kilcavan who died during the week, his remains were removed to All Saints Church Carnew on Monday for 2pm service followed by burial in the adjoining church yard.

GAA Lotto

Carnew GAA lotto was not won numbers were 1,14,20,27, lucky dips were Karen Collins and Aisling Rosney. The next draw is 27th March and the jackpot is €12,900, tickets only €2 from any member or local shops.

Scór na nÓg

Congratulations to all winners in the final of Scór na nÓg in Blessington and good luck to all in the Leinster semi finals in The Downs in Westmeath on April 2nd, especially Carnew’s Abby Doran in the recitation and the novelty act.

Split the Pot

The lucky winner of our split the pot draw who won €212 was Rachel Fortune. Congratulations.

Our Easter Egg winners were Conor Carroll, Jack Byrne, Keeva Ryan, Kate Myers and Muireann Doyle. Our next split the pot draw takes place next Thursday 23rd March. Thank you for your continued support.

Coláiste Bhríde Split the Pot

The winner of this week’s split the pot draw was Florrie Bower, Carnew. The seller’s prize went to Angela Austin, Carnew.

Ballyellis NS Split the Pot

Winner of “Split the Pot” on on Thursday 16th March is Tommy Byrne, Kiltilahane,–winning €115. Split the Pot” envelopes can be had from any parent in the school or by calling into the school. Many thanks to everyone for your support. It is much appreciated.

Creative Writing

A Creative Writing course will be held in Askamore Hall during April and May.

Dates and times will be decided to suit our participants.Funded by Wexford County Council for more details and to book your place please phone Eilish on 085 2156848

Men on The Move

The men on the Move programme has secured part funding to continue in Carnew GAA complex until June 18 and will start again in early September 2023.

The wellness and physical activity programme is designed for community based beginners physical activity for inactive adult men. The instructor who delivers the programme on behalf of HSE and Sport Ireland provides group sessions and individual advise to engage men around exercises to improve their mobility issues.

This programme caters for men who do not want to join a gym but want to improve mobility and fitness in fun, friendly and non- judgemental manner. The banter and group dynamics inspires all participants to practice muscle and joint movement and becomes an enjoyable social gathering. The knowledge acquired by those involved is a long terminvestment in good health practice.

The next 8 week term starts on March 6th costing €40. This is €2.50 per session. Every Monday 10 am and Thursday 10am for one hourexercises to improve physical fitness are practised in Carnew GAA complex.

All men are welcome from the surrounding areas. NOW is the time to come and see what the programme can do for you.

GAA club room

The meeting room in the club house is available for meetings, etc if you would like to book please contact Niamh on 0877702498

Craft class

Craft classes continue on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4pm in Carnew Community Care please come along if you are interested or just to spend a few hours with other people and bring your own craft. All welcome.

Athletics Club

Tomnafinnoge A.C – Wicklow’s newest athletics club welcomes new members aged from 8–88 to register with us here: Join us, along with our special guest, at our launch event on Saturday 25th March at 4pm in the Shillelagh Courthouse to avail of a 25% membership discount. Find us on Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.