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Around the Districts: Graiguenamanagh to Newbawn


Will, Enda, Heidi, Ollie, Sandra and Halle Carroll from Coole, Campile out and about at John F Kennedy Arboretum.

Will, Enda, Heidi, Ollie, Sandra and Halle Carroll from Coole, Campile out and about at John F Kennedy Arboretum.

Will, Enda, Heidi, Ollie, Sandra and Halle Carroll from Coole, Campile out and about at John F Kennedy Arboretum.



Graig notes

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Lotto Draw

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The numbers drawn in the Graig GAA and Highview Athletic lotto draw on January 23 were 12, 13, 16, 23. There was no winner. The following won €30 each: Kayleigh Sinott, Michael Hamilton, Tommy Ryan, Nicola Fenlon, Honor Dalton. Jackpot now stands at €16,500. Tickets are available from any club member.

Graig Tidy Towns draw

Winners on January 26 were: 1st Prize - Eileen Duff, €379; 2nd Prize - Darragh & Shay McAistin, €50; 3rd Prize - Mary King, €25. Draw takes place in the Abbey Centre at 4 p.m. on Thursdays.

Duiske Players

Duiske Players are continuing rehearsals for their first performance under Director Peter Prendergast, ‘Drinking Habits’ a hilarious farce for their spring production. Cast includes Lily Brenan, Stas Bolger, Edel Bolger, Edward Hayden, Brid Moloney, Rebecca Murphy, John Meaney, Jack Murphy.

Weekly clinic

Cllr Peter Chap Cleere will have his weekly Clinic on Saturday mornings at 9.30 a.m. at his office in Main Street, Graiguenamanagh.

Newtown Rambling House

The Newtown Rambling House will be held in Newtown Hall on the 2nd Friday of every month, so come along and enjoy the entertainment. Hall EirCode is R95TD21.

St Fiacre Pilgrim

The annual pilgrim in honor of St Fiacre is on Wednesday February 8 at St Fiacre’s church ruins and Holy well at Ullard, Graiguenamanagh.



There was no jackpot winner in last week’s Tintern Lotto Draw when the numbers drawn were 15, 17, 18 and 20. The match three winner was Garrett Finn of Kinnagh. This week’s jackpot now stands at €11,000.


The largest crowd seen in the ball alley in Gusserane in decades gathered last Saturday night for the eagerly anticipated finals of the doubles tournament. Pairings were seeded in to three divisions and this ensured highly competitive games in the competition over the past few months.

The division three title went to James Redmond and Brian Creane who defeated Shane Cullen and Conor Cleary. The division two title was won by Paul Cooper and Olivia Hearne with Mick Barron and James Mullally taking the runners up spot. The top division was won by Niall Maher and James Wall who maintained their unbeaten record in the competition to see off Barry Murphy and Philip Molloy.

Attention now turns to the singles tournament with the seedings to be finalised this week.

Split The Pot

The winner of the St Leonards Soccer Club’s Split the Pot draw last Sunday evening was Michael Aspel who wins €360.


Gusserane Parish Council confirmed following their meeting recently that Progressive 45 Card Games will return to Gusserane Hall on Tuesday February 7th at 8pm. The card games were suspended in March 2020 with the onset of the pandemic. The committee were all set to resume them in October 2021 but further restrictions were then imposed causing the resumption to be delayed further.

So following a break of just short of three years the boxes of playing cards are being dusted down as I write and the recipe for currant bread for the half time refreshments has been resurrected. All are welcome to come along and enjoy the cards and if you don’t win a prize at the cards or in the raffle, at least there’ll be a slice of “spotted dog” for you.

Day Care Centre

St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange would be delighted to welcome to our centre, older people in our community who would like to avail of the services we offer.

Why not 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 and Meals on Wheels Monday to Friday. We like to think of St. Louis Day Care Centre as 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 please contact us on 051 389509 or email us at stlouisdaycarecentre@gmail.com.

Stroll in to Spring

Gusserane LGFA would like to invite everyone to join them at the walking track in Ballycullane for their community walk initiative in February.

The plan is to meet for a walk and chat on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for five weeks, beginning January 31st , at 7pm each night. The walk will cater for all ages and abilities.

It is being organised by the ladies’ club to thank the members of the local community for their loyal support and to give us all a chance to meet up as we welcome in the Spring.


Sincere sympathy is extended to the family of Theresa Carthy, nee Bolger, of Boley on Theresa’s passing last weekend.

The only daughter of Mick and Bird Bolger, Theresa returned to Boley in the 1990s after spending many years living and working in the UK. She was buried beside her husband, Sean, in Ballycullane following funeral mass on Monday last.

Wexford Footballers

Well done to the Gusserane club’s Aoife Cullen and Aisling Murphy on another great win in the Ladies’ Football National League when they overcame Clare. Mark Rossiter and Gavin Sheehan featured prominently with the Wexford men against London. Unfortunately a last gasp London goal denied Wexford the win but least they emerged with a draw.


GAA News

Club Lotto. Numbers drawn on Mon. 23rd were 3,7,19,29. Two match 3’s - Caoimhe Gardiner and Eileen Kent. Next draw on Mon. Feb. 6th . Jackpot €15,000. Reserve Jackpot €3,800.

Sean Nolan was in fine scoring form, registering 1-3 from play for the Wexford Senior footballers who drew with London in the league in Wexford Park last Sat.

Dinner Dance and medal presentation will be held in Brandon House Hotel on Sat. March 18th.

The floodlights are on in Horeswood Park on Tuesdays from 7.30 to 8.30 in conjunction with Operation Transformation and all are welcome along.

Scoil Mhuire Enrolment

Enrolment is now being taken for next Sept. and enrolment packs are available from the school. email horeswoodns@gmail.com or call 051388255. Deadline for applications is Feb. 24th.

Ladies Football AGM

The Horeswood Ladies Football AGM is on next Friday the 3rd of February in the indoor at 7:30pm. All parents and players are asked to attend. If anyone is interested in filling positions on the committee, or helping to coach/manager etc… get in touch!

Soccer Draw

Campile United 500 club draw for January: 1st, €500, Bernie Griffin, Ballybrazil Seller, Campile Utd. 2nd, €100, Johnny Keating, Campile Seller, Johnny Keating. 3rd, €50, Dylan and Lois Whitty, Killesk Campile. Seller, Sonya Whitty. 4th,€25, Sean Stafford, c/o John Banville. Seller, John Banville. Seller’s prize €25, Campile Utd.

We will have each draw live @ 15:30 on Facebook. So check it out for the next draw.

Thanks to Sean Caulfield and all the staff of Caulfield’s Centra Campile. And everyone who purchased tickets for our draw. Next draw will be at the end of February 2023.

Church events

Thursday 2nd is Candlemas Day and candles will be blessed in Horeswood at 9.30 am. If parishioners would like to donate candles for either Ballykelly or Horeswood they would be greatly appreciated.

Fri. Feb. 3rd is the feast of St Blaise and blessing of throats will be before and after Mass in Ballykelly at 9.30am and in Horeswood at 10.30 am.


School Mass

There will be a school mass on Thursday 2nd February at 11am to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary. The Parent’s Association will serve refreshments in the parish hall afterwards. All are welcome.

Blessing of the Throats

The blessing of the throats will take place at 11am mass on 5th February.

People of Newbawn parish continue to wish good health and happiness to Fr. Jimmy as we remember him in our prayers.

Blessing of the Candles

The blessing of the candles will take place at mass on Thursday 2nd February. Please leave your candles in the church on or before that day. Please write your name on them also.

Community Employment

ANCCR Area Development CLG have vacancies for the following positions: Community Employment General Operatives in the following areas, Adamstown, Newbawn, Cushinstown/Terrerath, Caroreigh and Clonroche; Community Employment Childcare Assistant in Adamstown/Raheen; Office Administrator in Raheen

In order to apply for any of the above positions you need to be over 21 years and in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 12 months

This is a brilliant opportunity to get back into the workforce/training. If interested in any of those positions, please contact your local Intreo Office or phone Kay, CE Supervisor at ANCCR on 087 4144313. We would love to hear from you.