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Nutrition and health talk

On Tuesday, August 23, at 7 p.m. join dietitian Isobel Jones for an information presentation: Nutrition & Health, ways to improve your lifestyle and introduce a healthy diet and healthy living into your everyday plans.

Booking is essential. Book online or call New Ross library at 051 421877.

Kennedy Tea Party

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The most famous Irish tea party in history is set to be re-enacted at the JFK Arboretum during the annual Kennedy Summer School on the afternoon of Thursday, September 8.

The Kennedy Summer School will celebrate the iconic presidential visit of John F Kennedy to New Ross and Dunganstown with a special event of talks, entertainment and afternoon tea.

The event will be hosted by chief executive of the JFK Trust New Ross Sean Connick, and will feature guest personality Mary Kennedy who will talk about her career paths and life after RTÉ.

During the event celebrated mezzo-soprano, singer Olga Doroshchuk will perform. Doroshchuk is a Ukrainian opera singer film and theatre actress who came to Ireland in April due to the war in her homeland.

In addition, the rare film footage of the visit of President John F Kennedy captured by the late Peggy Walsh will also be screened.

Guests to the event will be treated to an array of pastries and cakes and, of course, a traditional fruit cake, which is what President John F. Kennedy along with his sisters Eunice Shriver and Jean Kennedy-Smith were served by his cousin Mary Ryan during his visit in 1963.

These delicious treats will be made by the expert members of the Wexford Federation Irish Country Women’s Association who are renowned for the quality of their cakes and scones.

Tickets are now available online at www.kennedysummerschool.ie or call St Michael’s Theatre on 051 421255.

First Aid tips library talk

On Tuesday, August 30, at 7 p.m. join Vickie Dunne at New Ross Library for a First Aid talk for parents and caregivers. and learn about essential lifesaving skills and how to act quickly in the event of a medical emergency. Booking is essential. Book online or call New Ross library at 051 421877.

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.

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.

Whist results

The beginning of August New Ross whist results at the YMCA hall are as follows: Top lady Brid Murphy, 2nd lady Kathleen Slattery, 1/2 time lady Anne Doyle, Top gent Garry O Farrell, 2nd gent Jim Lennon, 1/2 time gent John Halpin, Specials lowest 5 games Peggy Malone, lowest 3 games Eamonn Doyle, lowest 2nd half Mary Whitty, best 5 games Pat Doyle, Raffles Pat Doyle, Peggy Malone and Eamonn Doyle.

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 10 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?

“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,” Rosie says.

She says you don’t have to be imminently affected by death to attend.

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

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 at ballyhackschool@gmail.com.

Moo music

On Saturday, August 20 there will be a Moo Music session at New Ross Library at 11 a.m.

Moo Music is a fun and interactive regular music session for 0 to 5 year old children. Children can sing, dance, play, learn and have lots of fun while doing it.

Booking is essential, places are very limited. Book online or phone 051 421877.

Groovers dance fun

On Saturday, August 27, at 11 a.m. come and join the 2 Many Dance Moves team as they bring Groovers aged 6-10 on a creative journey exploring modern and creative dance with a touch of mindfulness. Booking is essential. Book online or phone 051 421877.

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.

Lego table

Lego table is available every Saturday in New Ross Library from 10.30 a.m.

Lego will encourage young children to play and have an opportunity to build and create using Lego.

Booking is recommended. Adult supervision required. Contact 051 421877.

Water Heritage Day

To celebrate Water Heritage Day, you are invited to discover the world of wonder that exists on the beds of local rivers and streams with naturalist Jim Hurley.

This Heritage Week event comprises two parts. First, there is an indoor session in Wexford Town Library at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, that will focus on an introduction to how freshwater life is used to assess water quality. The free, illustrated lecture is open to all but to ensure a place, the library requires people to book in advance by phoning the library at 053 919 6760.

Second, there is an outdoor session in the Corock River in Foulksmills Park at 2 p.m. on Water Heritage Day, Sunday, August 21. Again, the event is free of charge and all are welcome. The plan is to fish in the river, see what life forms can be discovered, and then use the results to estimate what the water quality is likely to be. Getting into ankle-deep water is desirable so wellie boots are recommended; a fishing net or old kitchen sieve would also be very useful.

Afterwards, all caught life forms will be returned to the water.

Both events are sponsored by LAWPRO, the Local Authority Waters Programme.

Gallery

The Cockleshell Art Room is open from Thursday to Monday inclusive, from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. each day.

It’s closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 


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