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Around the Districts: Kilmore to Over the Water


John and Stella Doyle at the Wexford Light Opera Society's "Hits from the Musicals" in St Iberius Church.

John and Stella Doyle at the Wexford Light Opera Society's "Hits from the Musicals" in St Iberius Church.

John and Stella Doyle at the Wexford Light Opera Society's "Hits from the Musicals" in St Iberius Church.



Bridgetown Information and IT Centre

Library open in AOH Hall, Bridgetown Mon-Wednesday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Why not come in and browse our wide selection of books for adults and children. All free of charge, all we ask is a donation towards the upkeep of the service.

The office is open Mon Wed 9 a.m. 4 p.m. daily for all office services, help and advice, photocopying, printing, scanning, laminating etc.

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IT room also open Mon Wed 9 a.m. 4 p.m. daily, five computers and printer available for use, if you want to do your work, study, shop, pay your bills etc.

Now that the time has changed, the nights getting longer and darkness descends, don’t forget, the Kilmore B-Friending service volunteers are on standby to connect with you on a weekly basis. For more information or to sign up, please contact Margaret at 087 9731471 or email bicinfo18@gmail.com There is no need for anyone to feel lonely, isolated or in need of some tender loving care. The service is strictly confidential. All the volunteers are Garda Vetted and trained.


Sincere sympathy to Jim and the Dwyer family Ballask on the sad passing of Pauline. May she rest in peace. Sympathy also to the Roche family Nemestown on the sudden passing of Bill. May he rest in peace.

Active Retirement

At the recent monthly meeting of Kilmore ARA those in attendance decided to cancel the Christmas dinner which was due to be held on November 24 due to the Covid 19 concerns.

Apart from bowling on Tuesday nights in the Stella Maris Centre at 7 p.m., no other activity was considered till the New Year. The annual General meeting was fixed for Thursday, December 2, at 2.30 p.m. in the AOH hall Bridgetown.

After the meeting Tom Dunne chairman gave another delightful Powerpoint presentation on his travels in China some years ago.


Wexford Volunteer Centre

Wexford Volunteer Centre are coming to Murrintown Community Centre on Friday November 26 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for individuals who want to volunteer and organisations that may need volunteers. This is a walk-in service but you can make an appointment with Eva by emailing her on eva@volunteerwexford.ie

Historical talk

Historian in residence Barry Lacey will explore the War of Independence at Murrintown Community Centre on Wednesday November 17, at 7.30 p.m.

The talk will discuss the content of the Rosslare District. Farming part of South Wexford Brigade area this portion of County Wexford saw numerous incidents during the period.

Public Health restrictions apply and must be adhered to by all persons attending. Numbers restricted to 30 people. Pre booking is essential contact wexfordlib@wexfordcoco.ie

Bingo is back

Bingo has returned to Murrintown Community Centre on Mondays, from 8 p.m. till 10 p.m. Covid certs are required to attend. Please have your certs ready for inspection. For ventilation and safety windows will be open on the night so please wrap up warmly. Bingo bus pick-up points are as follows.

Wexford Town: Opposite Faythe School 7.05 p.m.; CBS School 7.10 p.m.; Panda Chinese Takeaway 7.11 p.m.; Liam Mellows/Corish Park (Alleyway leading to church) 7.15 p.m.; Whiterock View-Whiterock Heights 7.30 p.m.

Bridgetown: Bramble Park 7.20 p.m.; Opposite Hazelwood 7.22 p.m.; Centra Bridgetown 7.25 p.m.; Mulrankin 7.30 p.m.; The cross of the Moor 7.32 p.m. Bus route enquires: 086 2600441.

Construction work at Community Childcare

For the last number of years the committee and staff have been working on a development plan for our back garden play area. We are thrilled to have this finally realised, with work commencing on Monday, November 1. It is envisaged that this work will take approximately two to three weeks to complete. Our new design provides ample opportunities for the children to explore, play, test their fundamental movement skills and investigate, all while having fun with their peers. This new garden development will be a wonderful resource to have onsite for the children and families availing of our services. We apologise in advance for any disruption or inconvenience caused during the installation period.

CE scheme

A Community Emplyment scheme is available at Murrintown Community Centre. Application forms available from Community Centre or by contacting Colette at 053 9139666.

Community Centre

Murrintown Community Centre has reopened. We are adopting Government guidelines for safe use of our facilities during the Covid 19 pandemic. We advise that protocols have been implemented to limit the spread of Covid 19. We look forward to welcoming our patrons back, safely.

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.

Annual SVP appeal

On Friday and Saturday, November 26, and 27, St Vincent de Paul will be selling Lines at Hanrahan’s Shop, Piercestown for their annual draw. First Prize: €100 kindly sponsored by Hanrahans. Second prize: €50 voucher for Hanrahan’s Shop.

On Saturday and Sunday, December 11, and 12, St Vincent de Paul will hold a church gate collection in Piercestown and Murrintown. All proceeds raised on both weekends will go to Piercestown-Murrintown SVP.


New Arrival

Congratulations to Shaun Murphy and his fiancée Leanne Mythen on the birth of their son Rian, at Wexford Hospital, on Monday, November 8. The beautiful baby boy came into the world at 7.01 a.m. and weighed 7lbs 4oz. Rian is grandson to Catherine and John Murphy, Oulart and Jackie and Michael Mythen, Castlebridge.


The sympathy of the community is extended to Oulart native, Jimmy Roche and family on the death of his wife Anna (née O’Leary) who passed to her eternal reward in Enniscrone, Co. Sligo, on Sunday, November 7.

Anna will be sadly missed by her heartbroken husband Jimmy, daughters Niamh, Fiona and Aoife, son Brendan, sons-in-law Paul, Seán and Frank, daughter-in-law Diva, grandchildren Jared, Conor, Sadhbh, Paddy and Rosie, her sister Olive, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her son Colm, sister Bridie and brother James.

Having lived in Piercetown, Dunboyne, Co. Meath for many years, Anna’s funeral Mass was celebrated there on Wednesday, November 10, after which she was buried in Rooske Cemetery. Suaimhneas síoraí dá hanam.


Surrounded by his loving family, John Davis, Derry, The Ballagh passed to his eternal reward on November 6, at Wexford General Hospital.

He is deeply mourned and will be sadly missed by his sisters Josie (Hennessey) and Ann and his brothers Michael and Séamus, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers Tommy, George and Pat.

John’s Funeral Mass was celebrated in St Patrick’s Church, Oulart on Wednesday, November 10, after which he was buried in Oulart Cemetery. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Death of Ballagh native

Lilly Byrne (née O’Leary), formerly Ballyknocken, The Ballagh and Wexford Town and Ballincarrigy, Mullingar Co. Westmeath, who died on Sunday, November 7, was laid to rest in Crosstown Cemetery on Wednesday, November 10, following Funeral Mass in Clonard Church.

She will be sadly missed by her devoted partner, Heinz (Heinrich), her loving brother Anthony and her sisters Kathleen, Sheila, and Sarah, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family and friends. She was predeceased by her son Jimmy and daughter Margaret, her brother Jimmy and sister Peg. Solas na bhFlaitheas dá hanam.

Senior camogie County Final

Oulart-The Ballagh senior camogie team continues to keep the parish flag flying by their exploits on the playing fields. Their recent semi-final victory over Glynn-Barntown (2-10 to 1-6) has propelled them to another County Final which will be played in Bellefield on Saturday, November 20, beginning at 2.30 p.m.

Rathnure will be their opponents and a highly competitive final is anticipated. Don’t forget to put out your Red-and-Black flags, bunting and banners to show your support for our talented and dedicated players.

Scoil Mochua split-the-pot

The winner of last week’s split-the-pot was Róisín Sinnott, who won €198. The next draw will be held on Monday, November 15. Best of luck to all who support the draw in aid of Scoil Mochua, Oulart National School.

The Ballagh split-the-pot

The Ballagh NS parents’ association appeal for continued support for their weekly fundraiser. It costs only €2 to enter, the winner gets half of the pot and the draw will be held every Saturday. Sincere gratitude is extended to all the local businesses that are participating in the split-the-pot and enabling customers to enter the split-the-pot

GAA Bingo

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Online Bingo takes place on Wednesday nights, and members of the public are invited to play. If you are not computer savy, you can still play in the traditional way, in any of the following pubs: Marty’s and Gary’s in Oulart and Pierce’s in Raheenduff.

Bingo starts at 8.30 p.m. so if you are playing in one of the pubs please arrive at least 15 minutes before starting time to allow time for the bingo book to be distributed etc.

It costs only €10 to play four games and the whole bingo session lasts about one hour.

Contact Oulart-The Ballagh treasurer, Martin Redmond (087 4176312) for further information.


Gaelic for Mothers and Others is a non-competitive, social initiative offering women the chance to exercise, learn some new skills, meet new friends and most importantly, have fun.

All the above aims and more have been achieved by Oulart-The Ballagh G4MO since their first get-together in July 2021. They had their last outing of the season on November 10 when they travelled to Rathnure.

Well done to the organisers and trainers and all who sponsored gear for the team and congratulations to all the women who train and play in the true spirit of G4MO Enjoy the break and look forward to more fun in 2022.


Community Coffee Shop

We are open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with beautiful home-baking and homemade jams.

Also we have started a new game ‘Open the Box’ Yes/No Game for a bit of fun. 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. every Sunday till December 19. Entry €5 limited 10 players per game with prizes galore. Top prize up for grabs each game is €50.


Lady’s Island GAA bingo in Community Hall every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Jackpot now stands at €800. Come along for your a chance to win.


Congratulations to Nick and Phyllis White on winning last week’s split-the-pot prize, winning €70. Well done, Peg. Envelopes are available in O’Doherty’s Londis and Community Coffee Shop. Thanks to all who support the parish.

Community Hall Bookings

The community centre rental bookings can now be made through the parish office from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Monday to Friday by phoning 087 4066977 or by emailing olibookings5@gmail.com. Keys must also be collected during these hours.


Development Lottos

Results of Curracloe United AFC Development draw for Sunday, November 7. The numbers drawn were 4, 14, 21 & 26. There was no jackpot winner and 3 match 3 winners who each received €50, Tommy and Darragh, c/o Kents: Turkey Bones, Curracloe: Mairead Breen, c/o Kennedy College. The jackpot is now over €3750 and the weekly draw takes place every Sunday evening.

The numbers drawn in the Shelmalier GAA club Lotto for November 9 were 9, 12, 14 & 25. There was no jackpot winner and 1 match 3 winner, Marsha Sweeney who won €200. The jackpots stand at €15,000 for the first and second and €10,800 for the 3rd.

Gymnastic wins

Two students from Curracloe national school, Alisha and Katie Doyle headed to Dublin recently to compete for the first time in two years in the National all-round team and individual gymnastic competitions.

First up was Alisha and her team who performed very well and they secured the silver medal for the team level 3 to 5. Katie was up later in the day and not to be outdone by her sister, she secured a silver medal in the individual competition level 5 to 12. A fantastic performance by both girls.

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