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Around the Districts: Kilmore to Our Lady’s Island


Becky Kavanagh and Megan O'Brien enjoying the sunshine at the Wexford Races in Bettyville.

Becky Kavanagh and Megan O'Brien enjoying the sunshine at the Wexford Races in Bettyville.

Becky Kavanagh and Megan O'Brien enjoying the sunshine at the Wexford Races in Bettyville.



Bridgetown Information & IT Centre

All members of the community are invited to a talk on Home Security and crime by the Community Garda in the AOH Hall, Bridgetown on Thursday 2nd June at 8pm. It is very important that we keep our homes safe and we look out for our vulnerable neighbours also.

The Information & Resource Office is open in the AOH Hall Mon Wed 9am 4pm. All office services available, printing, photocopying, scanning, laminating and emailing. All Social Welfare forms are available and assistance in completing them if needed. IT Room with 5 computers and printers available for public use. Library open Mon Wed 2pm 4pm.

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We have books for all age groups and all categories, e.g. fiction, crafts, gardening, cookery, sport, autobiographies, thrillers, and also a children’s section. Library is free of charge; all we ask is a small donation towards the upkeep of the service. Why not call in, have a chat and browse the services we have on offer.

Kilmore B-Friending

Kilmore B-Frienders are here to help you combat loneliness, isolation, feelings of depression or just a friendly ear to listen to your fears and worries.

It can be easier for people to chat to an individual outside their family circle. You do not have to be alone to feel loneliness etc. you can be from a large family and still feel down and need someone to talk to. All the volunteers are Garda vetted and trained. It is a strictly confidential service.

If you have any fears or worries please reach out for help and support, do not suffer alone. You can contact Margaret on 087 9731471, the parish office 053 9135181, Fr Pat on 086 2256794, or Sr Mary on 053 9129638 or 087 6784830.

Baby boy

Congratulations to Micheal and Eleanor Busher, Grange on the birth of a bouncing baby boy, a little brother for June.

Active Retirement

Kilmore Active Retirement Association will hold their June meeting on Thursday, June 2, in the AOH Hall, Bridgetown at 7.30 p.m. Plans for future activities will be made at the meeting including a trip to Waterford in June.

Following the meeting, the Community Garda will attend to speak on home security and cybercrime at 8 p.m. This part of the night will be open to the public, so feel free to come in and listen to the Garda on a very important subject.



Bingo has returned on Mondays at Murrintown Community Centre from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bus pick up at usual points: Ballycogley, Tenacre Pub, Bramble Park 7.30pm, Lakelands, Mayglass and Mulrankin. Town pickups: 7.10 p.m. Green Street opposite CBS through Kennedy Park by Lidl to Liam Mellows 7.15 p.m. Whiterock Hill 7.20 p.m.

CE scheme

A Community Employment scheme is available at Murrintown Community Centre. Application forms are available from the Community Centre, Jobsireland.ie, local Intreo office or by contacting Colette at 086 2204457.

Community Centre

Our community centre kitchen is HSE approved and available to rent. May suit small business or start up. Phone 087 2865656 for more information.

We are in urgent need for volunteers for morning and evening. Should you have some free time and willing to volunteer please contact the community centre at 053 9139328.

Dancefit with Amanda Burke – Monday Dancefit 9.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m., Dancefit 50+ 11 a.m. to midday; Tuesday Dancefit 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.; Thursday Dancefit 50+ 11 a.m. to midday. Please call 087 9713339 to book your place.

Taekwon-Do – Monday 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. and Wednesday 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Wexford Taekwon-Do School, instructor Master Patrick O’Rourke (seventh Degree). Contact Pat at 085 7068222 email wextkd@gmail.com.

Yoga with Adrienne – Tuesday 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday 6.45 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Phone 086 8348111.

Yoga with Sharon – Thursday mornings from 9.15 a.m. any enquires call Sharon on 086 1943527.

Library – The Murrintown Community Centre Library is now open. Pop in to read or borrow a book. No registration necessary. Please deposit return books in box provided. Book donations accepted in sealed containers.

Murrintown Community Centre squash court is available to hire for further information on bookings call 053 9139328.

The centre is available to hire from 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Size suitable for social distancing. Please call the centre for details. For more information, contact Murrintown Community Centre at 053 9139328 or email murrintowncommunitycentre@gmail.com.



The local community was saddened to learn of the death of Noreen Reilly, Westport and Oulart, who passed to her eternal reward in the Bon Secours Hospital, Dublin on Sunday, May 22.

Noreen was the beloved partner of Richard Devereux and loving sister of Breda, Christena, Michael and Eamonn to whom heartfelt sympathy is extended. She was predeceased by her parents James and Margaret and brother Séamus.

Following her funeral Mass in St Patrick’s Church, Oulart on Wednesday the 25th Noreen was laid to rest in the local cemetery. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam.

Coffee morning/Cake Sale

Oulart Community Centre committee is appealing to local people to help in their efforts to raise vital funds. During the last two years, on account of Covid lock-down, the community centre has been unable to generate any funds while at the same time, the expenses such as insurance, maintenance etc have still to be met.

Committee members have organised a cake sale/Coffee Morning for Sunday, June 5, while, on the same day, a raffle will also take place, with tickets on sale in local businesses beforehand.

Cash donations would also be most gratefully accepted, boxes will be in local shops for voluntary contributions and of course, donations may be handed to any committee member. And, the best news of all is that the community centre is back open for business.

Oulart split-the-pot

Congratulations to Mikey and Max Roche, who won €77 in the latest draw. The next draw will be held on May 30. The parents’ association would like to remind you of the field day after the patron in Oulart and appeal for your support.

Celebrating the Battle of Oulart Hill 1798.

The ‘Evening of Music’ at Tulach a’ tSolais on Oulart Hill on the evening of Saturday, May 28, was an outstanding success. Musicians, singers and reciters attended and entertained the appreciative audience from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Among the musicians were keyboard player, Lilly May Tohill, Oulart and harpist Tara Cushe, Gorey (daughter of former Wexford full-back Ger). Local County councillor Mary Farrell, who has strong Oulart connections, brought the audience on a musical/singing tour around Ireland as well as giving a rousing rendition of ‘Boolavogue’.

Many of the entertainers present are regulars at the house of stories, Oulart and they gave their usual polished performance and brought the show to a close with Amhrán na bh.

Fiain. Fear a’Tí, John Dempsey thanked the performers and invited all present to refreshments in the house of stories.

Bygone Days House Re-opens

Following the long lockdown, The Storytelling House in Lower Oulart will re-open its doors on June 13 to welcome back musicians, singers, storytellers, friends, neighbours and the general public. All the usual entertainment and craic will be on offer as well as traditional refreshments. Beidh fáilte roimh cách.

Model County draws

The second and third club and Co. draws of 2022 took place last week. Congratulations to Mary Fortune, Derry, The Ballagh on winning a €200 Voucher for McCauley Health and Beauty Pharmacy. Thank you to all who supported the annual fundraiser.

Oulart Active Retired

Oulart Active Retired meet in Oulart Community Centre on Tuesdays, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., when bowls are played. New members are always welcome to join the Active Retired. Just turn up on any Tuesday or ring Mary O’Grady for full details (087 9361325).

Joan and Friends Charity Day

On Sunday, June 5, Joan Kavanagh and friends have organised a Tractor and Car Run in the Ballagh at midday and later, at 4 p.m. you are invited to do a 5km Run, Walk or Jog in aid of Wexford’s Women’s Refuge and St Mochua’s Chapel, Oulart. For further information please contact Joan at 087 9019027.

The Ballagh National School

The Ballagh split-the-pot draw is held every Saturday. It costs only €2 to enter and the winner gets half the pot. A new addition to the draw is called ‘Upfront’ whereby you can pay €20 in advance which entitles you to entry in 11 draws for the price of 10.

Annual Patrons

After an absence of two years, the annual patron and blessing of graves will return to the parish and will be held in Oulart on the last Sunday in June and in the Ballagh on the first Sunday in July.

Oulart field day

Scoil Mochua, Oulart is delighted to announce the return of the field day on the afternoon of Sunday, June 26, immediately after the patron. They are looking for volunteers to help out on the day. So if you are the parent of a past or present pupil and would like to be involved please contact Marianne at 086 8147525.

Local Notes

If you would like to contribute an item of news to the Local Notes please ring, text or email Breda Jacob at 086 1686978 or mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk. Clubs and organisations as well as families are invited to submit details of their recent successes and celebrations.


Leo Carthy Weekend

After a Covid enforced 2 year absence we are delighted to announce that the Leo Carthy weekend will be back this August Bank Holiday and bigger and better than ever. This year’s Festival will include a monster tractor run in aid of Wexford Women’s Refuge “ Kit out the Refuge” fund and all the usual family fun and music. So keep your calanders free and come along to remember a man who gave so much in his life to the area and support some very worthy local causes. Keep an eye on the Weekend’s Facebook page for more details on the weekend events.

Community Coffee Shop

On the June Bank Holiday weekend 4th, 5th & 6th we will be open from 11a.m. to 5p.m. and then every Saturday & Sunday from 11 to 5p.m. for June. From 1st July until 30th September open every day from 11a.m. to 5p.m. Looking forward to seeing you all again. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Story Night

The Monthly Story Night will be held in Tacumshane Community Hall this Friday,3rd June at 8p.m. Looking forward to meeting all our friends for Stories, music, craic and tea.

Split the Pot

Congratulations to Mary Keegan on winning €54 in last week’s “Split the Pot” draw. Envelopes are available in O’Doherty’s Supermarket and the Coffee Shop (when open). Your support is much appreciated.

G.A.A. Lotto

The Lotto Jackpot still stands at €20,000. This week’s winning numbers were 6, 10, 13, 28. Bonus 14. We had no Match winner this week. Tickets at €1.50 are available from Club members.

Healing Mass

Fr. Jim Cogley will celebrate the Monthly Healing Mass at 3p.m. this Wednesday, 1st May in Our Lady’s Island Church. All are welcome