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Local Notes.

Local Notes.

Local Notes.


Declan O’Rourke

Irish songwriter and musician Declan O’Rourke will be ‘in conversation’ with Enniscorthy’s own talented songsmith and author Peter Murphy on July 2.

The event is being organised as part of the Wexford Literary Festival and the two powerful forces in music will be talking about Declan’s new book, ‘The Pawnbrokers Reward’. The book was meticulously researched and as a literary debut it’s a stunning piece of work.

The story of the ua Buachalla family is woven into a powerful, multi-layered work showing us the famine as it happened through the lens of a single town, Macroom, in Co. Cork, and its environs.

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Local pawnbroker Cornelius Creed is at the juncture between the classes. Sensitive and empathetic, he is a voice on behalf of the poor and his story is entwined with that of Pádraig ua Buachalla.

Through these characters – utilising local history and documentary evidence – Declan creates a kaleidoscopic view of this defining moment in Ireland’s history. If there was any doubt about the regard in which Declan O’Rourke is held within world music circles, the legendary Paul Weller once commented about O’Rourke’s classic track, ‘Gailieo’, that it was the one song from the last 30 years that he wished he’d written. This event will be a must for all discerning music and literary fans. 

There will be a questions and answers session afterwards. 

The event will take place in the Presentation Centre at 2 p.m. and tickets, priced €10, are now on sale. Tickets for senior citizens and students are priced €7.


The Enniscorthy Guardian offers tribute obituary pieces for bereaved family members and friends within the local community who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one.

The weekly service is offered free of charge and all obituaries are completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests.

The obituaries are also shaped entirely by your direction and are written in full consultation with you at all times and at all stages, thus ensuring they are a fitting tribute to the deceased person.

Please don’t hesitate to contact journalist Brendan Keane through brendan.keane@peoplenews.ie if an obituary tribute piece is something that you would like to have published in this newspaper to honour the memory of a loved one close to you who has passed away.

Memorial walk

A walk in memory of the late Dee Ronan will take place in Ballindaggin on Sunday, June 5. The event is being organised in support of the Hope Cancer Support Centre, the Cherry Ward in University Hospital Waterford and Wexford Hospice Homecare.

It will be a 5k and 10k timed event (timing optional) and the starting point will be Ballindaggin Hall. Registration will be €20 on the day. 

Elect a mayor

Three local groups, the Boolavogue Parish Committee, the Boolavogue Development Group and the Fr Murphy Centre committee, have joined forces for a major fundraising initiative under the banner of ‘Boolavogue Together’.

One of the initiatives being organised is the election of a local mayor and two well-known local personalities have put their names in the hat: Jimmy ‘Shugs’ Gahan and Louise Lawless.

The two candidates will be organising fundraising activities over the next while.

Everyone in the community is encouraged to support the two candidates as much as they can and all support will be very much appreciated.

Fr Power mass

Kilrush-Askamore parish is organising a mass and refreshments to celebrate Fr Power’s Golden Jubilee.

The event will take place on Sunday, May 29, in Kilrush Church at 2 p.m. with refreshments served afterwards in Jimmy and Mary Grennan’s Big Barn.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend.

Galbally tractor run

The Galbally Tractor Run will take place on Sunday, May 29. As usual, the support of the general public will be very much appreciated.

More details about the event will be published in next week’s issue of the Enniscorthy Guardian.

Badminton sessions

Badminton sessions are taking place again in Caim Community Centre.

The sessions take place on Tuesdays from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and there is a very strong emphasis on having fun, with beginners more than welcome to attend.

There are also extra racquets available on the night so don’t worry if you don’t have one but are interested in attending because there will be spare ones there.

For more information, contact Carol on 087 9331442 or Karen on 087 2061971.

Silvertones concert

The Silvertones is a County Wexford senior choir which was formed in Enniscorthy but now has members, male and female, from all over the county.

The members range in age from 55 upwards with no upper age limit. One of the highlights of the year is the annual concert in St Aidan’s Cathedral, Ennicorthy, and this year that concert will take place on Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. 

The musical director for the concert will be Eithne Corrigan and she will be joined by Fintan Cleary, Colette Cleary and Ann Wickam.

The guests for the night will include Roisín Dempsey, Siobhan Lynch and Rev Fr Jim Fegan.

The Master of Ceremonies will be David Medcalf  and it promises to be an extra-special event given the fact it will be the choir’s first concert since 2019, as a result of lockdown.

A spokesperson for the choir commented: “It’s great to be back singing and we are guaranteeing a night of memories.”

Vladimir Jablokov

One of the world’s most celebrated musicians will be performing in the intimate setting of the Presentation Centre in Enniscorthy on Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m.

Vladimir Jablokov’s hand-picked violin, cello and piano ensemble will begin with a unique arrangement of Vivaldi’s iconic ‘The Four Seasons’, and the music will be accompanied by stunning visuals based on the original notes published nearly 300 years ago.

The latter half of the concert will feature some of the most popular pieces in Vladimir’s repertoire including Brahms’, ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’, Strauss’, ‘Radetzky March’, Theme from Schindler’s List, ‘If I Were a Rich Man’ and more audience favourites.

Vladimir headlined performances in the National Concert Hall, the INEC, University Concert Hall, Cork Opera House, and the National Opera House so the forthcoming concert will present a rare opportunity to witness him and his ensemble in intimate surroundings.

He is also busy behind the scenes preparing for his biggest production to date which will be staged in the 3Arena in December.

Tickets for the Presentation Centre show, priced €26.50, are now available online through www.presentationcentre.ie

The line-up on the night will also include special guests, Katie O’Connor (violin), Sokol Koka (cello) and Inna Firsova (piano).

Tara Bishop memorial run

The Tara Bishop 5k memorial fun run will take place in Ballymurn, Enniscorthy, on Sunday, May 29, at 12 noon.

The event will raise money for Temple Street Hospital and also Ballymurn National School. All money raised from the event will be shared equally between the hospital and the local school. All help and support given towards the event will be very much appreciated by the organisers. To register your interest, log on to www.popupraces.ie.