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Group enjoying the St Kearns regatta. Photo: Mary Browne

Group enjoying the St Kearns regatta. Photo: Mary Browne

Group enjoying the St Kearns regatta. Photo: Mary Browne



Church news

Mass Times: Tuesday Friday, 9.30 a.m.: Sundays and Holydays: Vigil, 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. on the day.

Duncannon NS Caretaker – We are looking for a caretaker/maintenance person for our school. This is a Tús position and will be for 19.5 hours per week. The duties will include overall responsibility for general maintenance and upkeep of external/internal areas of the school. Eligible criteria will apply, such as in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for a minimum of one year. Please forward your CV to the principal at: info@duncannonns.com.

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Eucharistic Ministers– This week: Diane O’Hara; next week: Marian McKee

Altar Society – July 23: Marian McKee and Margaret Molloy.

July 30: Caroline Bennett, Catherine Ennis and Collette Walsh.

Anniversaries – Please remember in your prayers the repose of the souls of: Dr Sinéad Kinsella, John, Brigid and Mary Ann Stafford, Michael Finn, Gary Kelly and Mary Murphy (Month’s Mind). May they all rest in peace. Amen.

Envelopes – Number of envelopes: 16. Amount collected: €292

Thanks to all who contributed.

Our Lady’s Island 2022 – New Ross Pastoral Area Mass on August 18, at 8 p.m. Coach leaving car park opposite the Dunbrody Visitor Centre on the Quay at 6 p.m. Stopping at Cushinstown Parish Church and Carrigbyrne.

Closing Mass on September 8, at 7 p.m. Coach leaving car park opposite the Dunbrody Visitor Centre on the Quay at 5 p.m. Stopping at Cushinstown Parish Church and Carrigbyrne.

If you wish to attend either one or both, please contact the New Ross parish office to book a seat at 051 421 348. Cost is €10 per trip.

Knock Shrine – Jesuit Week – July 24 to July 31: We are delighted to announce that Jesuit Week is returning to Knock Shrine this year. Jesuit Week has been a part of the programme at Knock Shrine for the past number of years and is always a wonderful and inspiring week.

There will be three sessions taking place each day at the following times: 10.30 a.m. Knock Basilica, 4.30 p.m. Knock Basilica, 8.30 p.m. (Examen) in the Apparition Chapel.

Pilgrimage: National Grandparents Pilgrimage and World Day for grandparents and the Elderly.

Sunday, July 24, All are welcome to this wonderful celebration at the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock celebrated by Most Rev Francis Duffy, Archbishop of Tuam.

2.30 p.m. – Anointing of the Sick

3 p.m. – Pilgrimage begins

May the blessings of St Joachim and St Anne be with you now and always.

Newsletter sponsor – Many thanks to ‘The Cockleshell Art Room, Duncannon. At the Heart of the Community’ sponsor of the Parish Newsletter for the month of July, 2022.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the Newsletter, please contact Fr John at 087 6746799.

St. James’ GAA Club

Lotto: Winning numbers were 1, 3, 10 and 32. There was no winner of jackpot. Two match-three winners, winning €500 each. Tom O’Gorman and Tom Foley both from Taghmon club. Next week’s jackpot will be €14,000 and Reserve jackpot €9,300.

Cockleshell Art Room

The Cockleshell Art Room will open from Thursday to Monday inclusive., from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day – closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Day Care Centre

St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange, would be delighted to welcome older people in our community who would like to avail of the services we offer. Give yourself a day out to meet with friends, old and new, join in activities, have a chat and a laugh and enjoy delicious freshly prepared meals from our kitchen. Our Cook is here to assist with special dietary requirements. Our Nurse is on hand to deal with any minor medical issues. The services provided include bus collection, laundry, bakery, GP clinic, chiropody, hairdressing, assisted showering, Meals on Wheels Monday to Friday. St Louis Day Care Centre is a home away from home where you will be warmly welcomed. If you think you, or if you know anybody who would benefit from attending the Day Care Centre, please contact us at 051 389 509 or email us at stlouisdaycarecentre@gmail.com.

Ramsgrange Active Retirement Group

Our trip out to Kilmeaden, where we will have a tour on the sightseeing train, then back to Jack Meade’s for a meal in the afternoon, is now fully booked. This is on July 20. Pick-up at Ramsgrange at 11.30 a.m. This is to cost €15 for members and €20 for non-members. If you want to join us, check with Kelly at 087 6372084 to go on the waiting list in case anyone has to cancel.

Given the enthusiasm for joining our outings, it is essential to get your name down fast if you want a place. We are putting together a list for an evening outing to Kilkenny to hear Ollie Grace do his show on Irish folklore on August 11. Get your name down quickly with Kelly if you are interested in coming with us.

Our next meeting is on August 8 at 2 p.m. at the SWWFRC. We will have Yvonne from Slimming World to speak to us about healthy eating for all ages. She will have recipe leaflets and meal plans to help us maintain a healthy diet. Please contact Kelly at 087 6372084 for more information.

Notes deadline

Deadline for inclusion in the Duncannon Notes is 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Please email duncannonnotes@gmail.com.


Local Notes

Please note that any items for inclusion in the District News will have to be with your local correspondent at tony46murphy@eircom.net before 7 p.m. on the Friday before publication at the latest.

Fethard St Mogue’s

The Fethard St Mogue’s club extend sympathy to club chairman Charlie Walsh and the Walsh family on the recent death of his father Tom.

Tom was a regular attendee at Fethard games down through the years, may he rest in peace. The Intermediate Hurlers played Gusserane last Sunday in the fourth round of the championship. The early exchanges were even enough but Fethard took control to lead by five points at the break. They continued their dominance in the second half with Cian Byrne getting a late goal as the won by 1-28 to 0-16 which put them through to the knockout stages. They play Askamore next Saturday evening in St Patrick’s Park at 6 p.m. in their final group game. The Junior B hurlers played Geraldine O’Hanrahans last Friday evening in the New Ross District Final. The first quarter was an even affair but the Ross side got on top in the second quarter to lead by six points at the break. Fethard fought back in the third quarter and had reduced the lead to just two points before Ross struck for the all important goal to put distance between the sides again. Fethard battled right to the end but couldn’t get the goal they needed to bring them back into the game. They eventually lost out on a 1-18 to 0-14 scoreline. They are still though to a county quarter final and are well capable of progressing further in the competition.

Barn dance

After a two-year absence due to Covid the very popular Fethard St Mogue’s barn dance returns this year on Sunday, July 31, in Nunan’s Barn on the Ralph Road. Featuring a strong line-up including local artists this year’s event is likely to be even more popular than ever.

Blessing of Graves

Blessing of graves will take place on Friday, July 29, at 7.30 p.m. in Churchtown followed by Knights Templar Church, Templetown.

On Saturday, July 30, blessing of graves after 6 p.m. Mass in All Saints Church, Templetown, Sunday, July 31, blessing of graves after 10 a.m. Mass at St Aidan’s Church, Poulfur followed by New Cemetery at 1 p.m. Please note change of times for Poulfur.

Country Market

The Fethard-on-Sea Country Market takes place this Saturday morning from 10.30 a.m. to midday in St Mary’s Community Hall and will continue every Saturday morning till the end of August. Make sure you drop in.

Fethard Bingo

Fethard Bingo in St Mary’s Hall Thursdays at 8 p.m. Bus services running as normal, half an hour earlier to match the new start time.

Saltmills and St Kearns split-the-pot

The winner of the June split-the-pot in aid of the Saltmills and St Leonard Community Group is Moya Meaney.

Tri the Hook

These bright, beautiful mornings and longer evenings are providing a great basis to fine tune your training ahead of this year’s Tri-the-Hook, which is taking place across the Hook Peninsula on Saturday, August 20.

Tickets are flying out, so be sure to grab yours now by visiting trithehook.com. This year, we’re delighted to partner with two local businesses here in the Hook for our big June Bank Holiday competition, so your weekend is fully sorted in August. To win the following prizes, make sure you’re following our social channels and get liking/tagging/sharing, three Tri the Hook Complimentary tickets, an Irish Experience for two, breakfast for two at the Baginbun Lodge Massive thanks to both the Irish Experience and Baginbun Lodge for supporting the Tri the Hook and please make sure to check out their websites and social media pages ahead of your trip to the Hook this summer. For more info on this year’s race, the route and all other aspects, just visit our website.

Coiste na nÓg

This year’s Cúl Camp in Fethard St Mogue’s is on from August 15 to August 19 from 10 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. daily. Detail for booking your place is on the website kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie/booking/. All Cúl Camp playing gear is handled directly through this booking link.



To submit news items, club events, announcements etc for those Notes, you can do so by emailing them to graignotes@outlook.com. Deadline is Saturday 6 p.m.


GAA and Soccer jackpot now stands at €20,000.and Reserve jackpot at €12,900, results for July 11, The numbers drawn were 7, 18, 26 and 32 and there was no winner, Each of the following won €30 each Graham Gill, Geraldine Byrne, Carmel Hearne, Eoghan Dunne, Anna Brown. Tickets available from any club member.

The Graig TidyTowns Draw

Winners for 14/7/22 are first ​Prize Rose Murphy €393, second prize Vee €50. Third Prize Reece Bolger €25. Draw takes place at 4 p.m. on Thursdays at the parish office.

Cemetery Mass

The annual Cemetery Mass in Honour of St Fiacre will be celebrated at St Fiacre’s Church Ruins and cemetery at Ullard, Graiguenamanagh, on Friday, July 22, at 7.30 p.m. Weather permitting.

Graig Town of Books Festival

The Graig Town of Books festival will take place on August 19 th to August 21 after two years of lockdown due to Covid.



Sincere sympathy is extended to Claire Power of Garryduff on the death of her brother, Bobby Aylward, last week. A former TD and member of a strong political dynasty, Bobby was well known in the south east. His funeral took place in Knockmoylan on Monday last with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

GAA reunion

Twenty five years ago this year saw one of the most significant years in the proud history of the local O’Rahillys GAA Club. Amazingly, they reached the county final in each adult championship that they entered that year, bar under-21 hurling.

The junior B footballers were unlucky to go down to St Martin’s in the decider while the under-21 footballers were narrowly beaten by Naomh Eanna. However, the intermediate footballers ended their short stint back in the second tier by coming out on top after a gruelling battle with neighbours Rathgarogue-Cushinstown.

The Junior A hurlers accounted for St Martin’s to earn the right to play at intermediate level for the first time in their history. Their only previous victory in adult hurling had also come against the Piercestown outfit, eighteen years earlier.

To top off a great year, Tintern’s schoolboys also won the premier grade of the Rackard League football in 1997. The Gusserane club would like to commemorate the achievements of the intermediate footballers and junior A hurlers on Friday next with a get-together in Power’s Lounge in Ballycullane.

It takes place following the club’s golf classic that day so a large crowd is expected to gather to relive the exploits of 1997. Both games were captured on video at the time and will be shown on the evening.

Golf classic

Gusserane GAA will hold their annual golf classic in New Ross Golf Club this coming Friday, July 22. The golf classic is always a great social occasion for the club and gives players past and present and supporters a chance to meet up. Hopefully the fine weather continues and the day is another great success.


Cards made a very welcome return to the hall in Ballycullane this Wednesday last. It had been over two years since a hand was dealt in Progressive 45 in the local halls. While numbers were small to start back, as expected, the organisers look forward to more tables attending in the coming weeks as word gets out. New players are always welcome.

Tintern Review

This year’s Tintern Review is currently being compiled and as always the editorial team would welcome any articles or snippets of information that you would like to include.

They would especially welcome any old photographs that you feel might be of interest to others.

Please contact Billy Downes at 086 0771029.