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Around the Districts: Gusserane to Newbawn


Eoin Cahill and Elliot Barrett with farmer Eoin Corrigan at the Farmertime project at Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood.

Eoin Cahill and Elliot Barrett with farmer Eoin Corrigan at the Farmertime project at Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood.

Eoin Cahill and Elliot Barrett with farmer Eoin Corrigan at the Farmertime project at Scoil Mhuire, Horeswood.



Tintern Lotto

There was no jackpot winner last week when the numbers drawn were 2, 15, 17 and 23. The match three winners were Theresa Foley c/o Statia Furlong, Caroline Byrne of Dunmain and James Barron of Saltmills. This week’s jackpot stands at €6350.

Up The Dubs

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It’s not often we celebrate a Dublin team beating Wexford but the corner back on the Dublin ladies minor B team that defeated Wexford in the Leinster championship last weekend has very strong Gusserane roots. Lana Nolan, from the Ballymun Kickhams club is a regular visitor to her grandmother’s birth place in Rathimney. Lana is the daughter of Des and Susan Nolan and granddaughter of Margaret Nolan, nee Murphy all of whom are regular visitors to the Gusserane area. Well done Lana.

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 U21 hurling.

The junior B footballers were unlucky to go down to St Martins in the decider while the U21 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 Martins 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 22nd July 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.

Myra Whelan

Sincere sympathy is extended to the Whelan family of Ballycullane PO on the passing of mother, grandmother and great grandmother Myra Whelan last week. The long serving and popular post mistress was well known to all throughout the parish. Myra was buried in Ballycullane last Saturday following funeral mass in St Martin’s Church.

Golf Classic

Gusserane GAA will hold their annual golf classic in New Ross Golf Club on Friday 22nd July. A team of four cost €140. There will be a wide range of prizes on offer. For tee times, or to book a Tee Box sponsorship please contact John Whelan on 087 2222077 or John Hackett on 086 1703943.

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.


The death took place last week at an advanced age of Mary Murphy of Haggard. Mary, nee Kinsella, was born and reared in Boley. Sincere sympathy is extended to her family on her passing.


The annual Patron and Blessing of the Graves made a welcome return this year for the first time since 2019. Unfortunately the inclement weather of last weekend resulted in the Saturday evening mass having to move indoors to the church. A very large crowd was in attendance.

Church Gate Collection

Last Sunday’s church gate collection in Gusserane in aid of New Ross Community Hospital raised a total of €214. Your support for this local cause is much appreciated.


Congratulations to Gusserane’s intermediate hurlers who won their opening game in the group stage last Sunday when they defeated HWH Bunclody by two points. They take on Tara Rocks in the second round next weekend while the junior B hurlers will face Horeswood in the District semi final.


Graig notes

Email news items, club events, announcements etc for the notes to graignotes@outlook.com. Deadline is Saturday 6 p.m.

Paddy Burtchaell RIP

The death accrued on 15th June of Paddy Burtchaell at his home in Glasnevin Dublin, formerly of Ferrybank and Graiguenamanagh. He is survived by his wife Clare, sons John and Colm, daughters Aoibhín, Jean and Roisín, his brother Sean, sisters Peggy, Deirdre and Breda, grandchildren, relatives and a large circle of friends including all those in Na Fianna CLG Glasnevin.

Paddy’s parents were from Clohastia Graiguenamanagh and they moved to live in Ferrybank. Paddy Burtchaell served his apprenticeship to carpentry to his uncle Jim O’Neil at his workshop at Clohastia and at that time he took an interest in handball, and visited Ullard Hanball alley and represented the club in many competitions as a young man. He also joined the Graiguenamanagh GAA Club and played hurling in championship games with the club commencing with minor hurling.

Paddy’s Funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Dolours Church, Glasnevin on Friday June 17, with cremation afterwards at Glasnevin Cemetery. May He Rest in Peace.

Lotto Draw

The numbers drawn in the Graig GAA and Highview Athletic lotto draw on June 20 were 12,16 26, 28. There was no winner. Each of the following won €30 each: Pat Butler, Ailish Costello, Danny Sumers, Emlyn Holden, J Connelley. Tickets are available from any committee member.

Graig Tidy Towns draw

Winners in the draw on June 20 were: 1st ​Prize, Catherine, Gilcrest, €360; 2nd Prize, The 2 Stooges €50; 3rd Prize, Ryan O’Halloran, €25. Draw takes place at 4 p.m. on Thursdays at the Parish Office.

Cemetery mass

The Annual Cemetery mass in Skeoughvosteen Cemetery will be celebrated on Friday July 1, at 7.30 p.m.


GAA news

The Intermediate A hurlers got off to a winning start in the championship beating Craanford 1-18 to 1-12 in a windy Oylegate last Sunday. The foundation for victory was laid in the first half when playing into a strong wind we led 1-10 to 1-6 at half time.10 minutes into the second half we led by eight points but Craanford then had a purple patch and reduced the deficit to three with five minutes remaining but we finished strongly for a deserved win. The next round is v St Mary’s Rosslare in Taghmon on Sunday at 3.30.

The Junior B hurlers will be at home to Gusserane in the District quarter final on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Wexford GAA is running an evening meet in Wexford Race course on Friday, July 1, Tickets at a reduced price of €10 are available from the club 087 6621411.

Coiste na nÓg

The under-17 footballers had a one point win, 1-14 to 1-13 over St Mary’s Rosslare in an exciting tournament final in Horeswood last week. With eight minutes remaining we were five points behind but a late rally led to victory with captain Cormac Shannon scoring the last two pointed frees from acute angles.

Both under-13 football teams lost, while goals were the difference when the under-15 footballers lost 8-3 to 1-11 away to St, james.

Fixtures: Monday, July 4, under-17 football at home to B/B/O’ Rahillys at 7.30. Tuesday, July 5, under-13 hurling at home to Ballygarret at 7.30. Thursday, July 7, under-15 hurling in Gusserane at 7.30.

Horeswood ICA

Horeswood ICA held its last meeting before the summer break in Dunbrody Tea Rooms. A competition for Funky Shoes, bingo and the customary chat was had before tea was served by Ashlene and Trish.

€460 raised at the Alzheimer’s coffee morning will be presented to the Pine Grove Alzheimer’s unit. The guild had a successful evening at the Bree ICA Special Occasions evening finishing in third place. The ladies put in a lot of hard work getting the entry together. All the members are wished a safe, sunfilled summer till meetings resume in September, when new members Would be welcome.


Friday, July 1 – Whitechurch at 7.15. Mass in Ballykelly at 8 p.m. followed by patron. Monday, July 25, Mass Rock in Killesk at 7.30. Tuesday the 26th at 7.30 – Ballykerogue and Ballybrazil, Wednesday the 27th at 7.30 – Dunbrody and Kilmokea, Thursday the 28th Mass in Horeswood church followed by patron.

Mass in Dunbrody Abbey

There will be an open air Mass in the historic grounds of Dunbrody Abbey Eircode Y34YX74 on Sunday, July 10, at 10.30 a.m., weather permitting. Parking will be in the visitors centre and adjoining field.

Knock Pilgrimage

There will be a one-day coach trip to Knock Shrine on Sunday, July 3, for the Ferns Diocesan Day. Pick up points: Wellingtonbridge 6 a.m., Ramsgrange, Campile, 6.30 a.m. New Ross, 6.45.am. Fare €65 including two meals in Athlone Springs Hotel. Contact Nicholas Bowe phone mobile 087 9418661.

There will also be an overnight trip on Sunday and Monday, July 3/4. Starting from the Rower at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, July 3. Pick up points: New Ross, Ballinaboola, Terrerath, Ferry Bridge, Inistioge, Thomastown.

Evening Meal and B/B in St Mary’s, Knock on Saturday. Evening Meal on Monday on return journey. Cost: €120. Contact details: Angela Power, 087 9044082.

Coach organisers for our Diocesan Day are urgently needed across the Diocese. If considering organising a coach, please contact the Sec. for further information at 087 2933545.


Knock Pilgrimage

There will be an overnight trip to Knock Shrine on Sunday and Monday, July 3/4, for the Ferns Diocesan Day. Starting from the Rower at 8 a.m. Sunday morning, July 3. Pick up points: New Ross, Ballinaboola, Terrerath, Ferry Bridge, Inistioge, Thomastown.

Evening Meal and B/B in St Mary’s, Knock on Saturday. Evening Meal on Monday on return journey. Cost: €120. Contact details: Angela Power, 087 9044082.


St Vincent de Paul

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is one of the largest voluntary charitable organisations in Ireland. SVP members are volunteers who provide practical help and support to people who are struggling to manage for whatever reason. These volunteers form part of local SVP Conferences which aim to meet the needs of local communities.

In 2017, a local SVP Conference called the Sacred Heart Conference was established to provide support where possible to people in the Raheen, Newbawn and Adamstown area.

If you need help or support, you may contact the local Conference telephone on 087-9032375 or through the SVP website by visiting ‘Request help online–St Vincent De Paul’. A member of the local Conference will then contact you to discuss the help you need. Following consideration of your request and the resources available the SVP member will reply to your request as soon as possible.

All SVP requests are confidential, this means that any information given by the person seeking help will not be shared outside the SVP Conference without your permission.The Sacred Heart SVP Conference continues to provide help and support where needed, thanks to donations received and the support of the local community for our annual collection. If you are struggling to manage, the Sacred Heart Conference is here to listen and help.

Split the Pot

Lynda McDonald of Newbawn was the winner of last Wednesday’s Split the Pot which was €275. Congratulations Lynda!


The annual patron will take place on Sunday 17th July. Mass at 11am will be for all the deceased in our graveyards. Holy water will be placed on every grave so family members can bless their own graves. The rosary will be recited in the new graveyard at 12 o’clock, the Clorane at 12:30pm and Courthoyle at 1:30pm. Prayers will be recited in Faree on Saturday 16th at 2pm.

Second Sunday Field Day

The 2nd Sunday field day will take place on Sunday July 10th after an absence of two years. It will be held on the lawn beside the church this year.

There will be a slight variation on the traditional field day. There will be a monster bingo with exciting prizes to be won. Books for the bingo will be limited and will go on sale shortly. There will be luxurious afternoon tea. Tickets for this unmissable spread never seen in Newbawn before are also limited and will go on sale shortly. There will be a raffle with fantastic prizes to be won. There will be lots of activities for the children. This will be a day where the whole community can come together for some fun and relaxation.

There will be a cabaret in Foley’s Pub after the field day with the famous Moynihan family supplying the music.

Tickets for the high tea and bingo books are on sale in the post office and after 11 o’ clock mass on Sunday or from any Parish Council member.

Field Day Raffle

Tickets will go on sale next week for this monster raffle with exciting prizes to be won. Tickets will cost €2 each or a book of three is €5. The Parish Council will deliver two books to each household in the parish. These tickets will also be available for purchase in the Post Office or from any Parish Council member. Your support will be greatly appreciated.