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Peer support

New Grow mental health peer support group starting in New Ross, every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Room 3, St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, New Ross, Co Wexford, Y34 N799.

If you would like to talk to others who have experienced mental health challenges, come along and see if Grow is for you.

The group is free, confidential and open to all. Contact Felicia at 086 1034332.

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Mini movers

The Rathgarogue Mini Movers Club takes place at Rathgarogue Hall on Saturday, August 6, 13 and 20.

Running from 10-10.45 a.m. this will be tutored by Catriona Hendrick at a cost of €12 for three sessions. For children aged four and five, this club will improve flexibility, strength, balance, co-ordination and discipline, assist with building stamina and improving memory, help develop gross motor and fine motor skills, provide an opportunity to develop social skills and make new friends, boost self-esteem and confidence, and encourage participation and team play. All equipment will be supplied.

To book a place, go to https://buytickets.at/rathgarogueminimovers/732115.

Places are limited so book early. Please ensure your child wears comfortable clothing and footwear (runners). And bring a nice cold drink. All Mini Movers sessions will be run in accordance with public health guidelines. Any queries, please contact 087 2027224.

Guitar Festival 2022

The first night of the Guitar Festival will take place on Thursday, August 11 at 7.30 p.m. in Ballykelly Church.

John Feeley is described by the Washington Post as ‘Ireland’s leading classical guitarist’ and by Michael Dervan in the Irish Times as ‘a trailblazer...when it comes to the guitar and guitar-playing in Ireland.’ Highly regarded for his performance and recordings of new works by Irish composers, he has had many works written for him.

David Creevy is currently the principal of County Wexford School of Music where he also teaches classical guitar. He was the winner of the J.S. Bach guitar Prize, George Louden Senior Guitar prize and runner up in the Yamaha European Guitar Foundation Award. David has toured across America, Colombia and Europe.

Bereavement support

Bethany Bereavement Support Group have now recommenced services to all who are bereaved. The drop-in service will be held on the first Thursday of every month in St Michael’s Pastoral Centre, Michael Street in New Ross from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. If you are suffering loss of any kind at this time, please call the group’s confidential number on 087 3846577.

Cumas Golf Classic

The Cumas Golf Classic takes place at New Ross Golf Club on Friday, August 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tee and green sponsorships are available. There will be first, second and third prizes for nearest to the pin and longest drive. The cost to enter is €120 for a team of four – all for a great cause. Contact Terry on 087 9975620 or email todowd@ cumas.ie to sign up.

Irish group

Are you interested in being part of an informal Irish conversation group for adults? Perhaps you could learn, or help others improve their Irish language skills? We meet once a month in New Ross Library. Group is self-facilitated. Contact New Ross Library for details at 051 421877.

Obituaries

This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one. The obituary tells the story of the person’s life, celebrating their personality, and is free of charge. Contact David Looby, whose details are listed above, if this is something that interests you.

Whist results

The end of July New Ross whist results at the YMCA hall are as follows: Top gent Sean Walsh, 2nd lady Triona Moffitt 1/2 time lady Nora Kehoe, Top gent Billy Shannon, 2nd gent Marion Dalton, 1/2 gent Pat Doyle, Specials Anne Murphy, Kathleen Slattery, Mary Whitty, John Harlin and Peggy Malone, Raffles Triona Moffitt, Garry O Farrell, Anne Murphy and Sean Walsh.

Corach River field trip

There is a Corach River field trip with local naturalist Jim Hurley on water Heritage Day, which is Sunday, August 21 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., in Foulksmills.

The plan is to fish in the river, to discover the world of wonder that exists on the riverbed, see what life forms can be discovered and then use the results of the experiment to estimate what the water quality is likely to be.

The event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

Getting into ankle-deep water is desirable so wellie boots and a fishing net are recommended.

The field trip is preceded by an indoor illustrated, preparatory and introductory talk at 7 p.m. in Wexford Library on Thursday, August 18.

Both events are sponsored by the Local Authority Waters Programme.

Death cafe at Corcoran’s

The title may cause you to baulk, to shy away, but according to one of the people behind Wexford’s first ever Death Café it’s not quite as maudlin, as morbid, as you might think.

“People say it must be morbid, but it’s the opposite of that, it helps to increase your awareness of life, how finite and precious it is, and to make the most of it. You become more conscious about life and learn that you need to live the breadth and length of it,” explains Rosie Saunders of a new community initiative which invites people who wish to discuss the topic of death to do so in a safe and confidential environment.

The first meeting will be held in New Ross, in the upstairs room in Corcoran’s on Wednesday, September 14 from 7-9 p.m. and will follow the tenets set in place by the originator of the Death Cafe, John Underwood, who set up the first meeting in 2011. Styled as a place where people could “discuss, over tea and cake, life, the finality of life and why we fear it” the Death Cafe movement has grown and expanded to include more than 5,000 worldwide, but this will be the first one held in Wexford.

And given her professional background, Rosie is well-placed to co-host this event with her colleague Sharon Bacon.

“I’m an occupational therapist (OT) and work in the mental health sector,” says Rosie. “I’ve been doing that for ten years and I’ve seen what needs are there. I’m currently studying to be an end of life companion and as part of that I wanted to set up a death cafe, while I was looking into doing that I came across Sharon who was trying to do the same so we joined forces. During Covid we had done some over Zoom but this can be a heavy subject so it’s much better to do it face-to-face.”

But what can those who attend expect?

“As an OT death is the most meaningful thing I deal with, and becoming more conscious of it allows you to become more conscious about life, it gives you perspective, reminds you how precious life is,” Rosie says. “Death is still a taboo subject, but we all know we’re going to die eventually. So much time is put into planning a wedding but death, which we know will happen, doesn’t receive the same amount of time.”

Keen to stress that this is not a bereavement service nor an information clinic, Rosie also wants to extend an invite to anyone who wishes to attend, whether they are currently confronted with death or otherwise.

“Someone with a terminal diagnosis could attend, but as I said earlier we’re all going to die at some point so in a sense we all have a terminal diagnosis. Anyone can attend, the only requirement is that you be respectful and that everything discussed remains confidential, all communities and belief systems are welcome. There will be no judgement.”

The Wexford Death Café is free to attend. For further information or to book your place contact Rosie Saunders on rosie.quigley@gmail.com

Inistioge festival 

Musicians, craft makers and music lovers will descend on Inistioge this August for the inaugural Keep Her Lit Folk and Trad Festival on August 13 and 14.

Keep Her Lit is dedicated to the memory of local heroes of Irish music and culture musician Dave Donohoe and publican Johnny O'Donnell. The two-day festival will host traditional and folk concerts, trad sessions, music workshops and commemorative forest walks, food and craft markets and more.

With something for all the family, this is a festival not to miss. Lisa O' Neill, Niamh Regan, Brigid Mae Power and many more also perform across the festival. Full details available from www. keepherlitfestival.ie.

Cushinstown meeting

Cushinstown Community Development Group are inviting everyone in the area to an open information meeting to talk about the creation of a new community centre.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday next, August 3, at 8 p.m. in the Horse & Hound hotel.

"Everyone is welcome and we would encourage anyone in the area to attend," said one of the organisers Bridín Lyng Moloney.

Ballyhack NS enrolments

St Catherine’s National School, Ballyhack is taking enrolments for the school year 2022/2023.

Your child must turn four on or before September 1, 2022. If you would like your child to start school in Ballyhack, then please contact the school by email:ballyhackschool@gmail.com.

 


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