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Margaret Mahon, Pauline Dagger and Joey Parker at Helen McLean's Art With A Heart fundraiser for Relay for Life in the Riverbank House Hotel.

Margaret Mahon, Pauline Dagger and Joey Parker at Helen McLean's Art With A Heart fundraiser for Relay for Life in the Riverbank House Hotel.

Margaret Mahon, Pauline Dagger and Joey Parker at Helen McLean's Art With A Heart fundraiser for Relay for Life in the Riverbank House Hotel.



Development Lotto

Results of Curracloe United AFC development draw for Sunday, June 26th. The numbers drawn were 4,5,12 & 14. There was no jackpot winner and I match 3 winner, SAHL Murphy, Newfort, Screen, who won €150. Next weeks jackpot stands at €12,000 and the draw will take place in The Curracloe Roadhouse, on Sunday night, July 3rd at 8 p.m.


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Congratulations to Aine Furlong, Curracloe, who ran in the VHI Mini Marathon on Sunday, June 5th last and raised €500 for the Tracie Lawlor Trust and also raised €2,500 for the Wexford Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Aine would like to thank each and everyone who sponsored her.

Split the Pot

A reminder that the first weekly draw of the Split the Pot draw for the Screen/Curracloe parish will take place this coming Sunday, July 3rd. Your support is much appreciated. Tickets are available from Parish Council members.


We extend our deepest sympathy to the extended Carr families on the untimely death of Sean Carr, Cornwall, Killurin, whose funeral took place on Saturday last to Glynn cemetery. May his gentle soul rest in peace.


It was with very heavy hearts that staff and children at Curracloe national school said a very fond farewell to two of their much-loved members of staff, Noreen Hearne and May-Rose Newman. On Friday, June 24th, the whole school community came together to celebrate their wonderful careers. They wish them all the very best for their retirement and hope they both enjoy their well-earned breaks. A huge `thank you` to the dedicated Parents and Guardians Association for providing refreshments for the day.

Sports Day

It was great to welcome parents and guardians into Curracloe national school for the annual Sports Day. All had a fabulous day of activities and fun. A special “thank you” to Rose and Mairead from the local shops for providing delicious ice creams for the children as a special treat.


Curracloe national school were all very sad to say goodbye to the wonderful sixth class students, who have been positive role models to the younger children and all pupils, teachers and staff alike will miss each and everyone of them very much. They would like to wish them all the best of luck in secondary school and hope they will do very well.

Beach Day

The sun was shining on Curracloe beach on Thursday of last week when all the pupils of Curracloe national school visited for their fabulous “Beach Day” outing. Thanks are extended to Jack Tim Murphy from The Surf Shack for providing even more fun for the children. All had a wonderful day.


Parish Journal 2022

We are currently preparing the Oylegate-Glenbrien Journal 2022. If there are people from our area now living abroad who would be willing to write a short description of their new lifestyle for our publication, we would be delighted to receive it. Please contact Maureen Somers at oylegateparishnews@yahoo.com.

As usual, we would like to include information on Oylegate-Glenbrien businesses.If you would like your business listed, please send its name and contact details to oylegateparishnews@yahoo.com.

Furthermore, if you would like to submit an article (a paragraph with/without photos) promoting your business, describing its amenities – for the local community and beyond, how it has transformed during Covid, its link with local history. We would welcome such contributions. Please send to oylegateparishnews@yahoo.com.

Belarus support St Elizabeth Convent

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Sisters were unable to visit Oylegate on Friday last. They hope to reschedule their visit at a later date.

Oylegate Patron

Oylegate Patron will take place on Sunday, July 3, at 2 p.m. Weather permitting Mass will commence in the cemetery at 2 p.m. A collection in support of Church Funds will be taken up at the cemetery gate. Names of deceased to be prayed for should be given in by Thursday, June 30. Voluntary help to set things up is needed in the cemetery on Saturday, July 2, at 2 p.m.

Baby and Toddler Group

Glenbrien Baby and Toddler Group has resumed gathering every Tuesday during Primary School Term-Time in Glenbrien Old School Community Centre from 9.15 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, contact Ana Egan 086 1939997 or Anne Marie O’Connor 087 2973324. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa and a chat.

Church news

Knock Pilgrimage – There will be a one-day coach trip to Knock Shrine on Sunday, July 3, for the Ferns Diocesan Day. Depart Bride Street at 7 a.m. Pick up in Enniscorthy on Main Dublin Road outside Dunnes at approximately 7.20 a.m. pick up at Holy Trinity Church, Bunclody, approximately 7.45 a.m. Breakfast and evening meal in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore. Cost is €60 per person, with discount for children. Contact details: Neil Foley 087 9740120, or Seán Kinsella at 053 9123819.

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.

Weekend Masses – Oylegate Church on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10.30 a.m. Glenbrien church on Saturday 7.30 p.m. and Sunday at 9.30 a.m.

Weekly Envelope Boxes 2022 – The boxes are now available in the church for your collection. Contributions to the weekly envelopes make up a vital part of the church income. Even during the months of lockdown, many people continued to be generous to this collection.

This has meant that we were able to keep the lights on during a difficult year and that we were able to continue to pay our bills. Baptised Catholics in a parish community who are in a financial position to do so are invited to make donations for the upkeep of their local church.

I want to make a special appeal to those who do not contribute to this collection by way of envelopes to consider doing so by an annual cheque or by standing order or direct debit. We make many of our payments in this way in the normal course of life. The bank details are: Bank of Ireland, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy, BIC: BOFIIE2D IBAN: IE44 BOFI 906566 24140788.When you donate a total of €250 in a given year, the parish can make a claim to Revenue under the Charitable Donations scheme. Again, many thanks to all who have supported this collection.

Eucharistic Adoration – The Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament currently takes place in the Prayer Room on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to midday. Going forward, it is hoped to extend the hours till 2 p.m. People, who have been involved in the past or new people who would be willing to become involved should contact Kathleen Fitzgerald or Ann McEvoy.

Car parking in Oylegate Church Grounds – The parking area in the church grounds is primarily for use by those attending church services, visiting the cemetery or Prayer Gardens. An increasing number of vehicles are now using the area for all day parking. This will limit parking space for funerals.

Perhaps, it is time to ask for donations from those who are availing of this facility. In general, proper regulations need to be put in place for all vehicles using the facility. Many are driving in the grounds at dangerous speeds.

Some individuals are discarding litter from their vehicles which is doing nothing to enhance the overall appearance of the area. We should not have to continually clean-up other people’s litter who are availing of the facility for free.

Parish office – The office is now open on Monday, and Wednesday: 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and on Fridays from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.



If you have any news or information that you would like to submit in the weekly notes you can contact Rathangan Parish Hall at 051 577046 between 9.30 a.m. and midday on Wednesdays and Fridays or leave a message. Also you can email your notice to rathanganhall@gmail.com.

Summer Yoga and Music Camp for Kids

We would like to see if there would be interest for a Summer yoga and music camp for kids that would take place in Rathangan Hall between July 4 to July 8 (Monday to Friday). The camp would run from Monday-Friday 10am-2pm.If you would be interested in having your kids get involved please drop us a comment below to express your interest or contact Niamh on 087-6020035.

Annual Patrons

Prayers in Ballyconnick Cemetery Saturday, July 2, at 4.45 p.m. Prayers in Kilmannon Cemetery Saturday, July 2, at 5.45 p.m. Mass in Cleariestown church Saturday, July 2, at 6 p.m. for Kilmannon and Ballyconnick. Mass in Cleariestown Cemetery on Sunday, July 3, at 1.30 p.m.

Bannow/Rathangan Show

The 71st Bannow and Rathangan Agricultural Show is on Thursday, July 14, in Killag, Duncormick at 10 a.m. Featuring Show Classes, Trade Stands, Vintage Dog Show and South East Radio. Top class competitions including final of the three-year-old Horse all-Ireland Championship – Prizes sponsored by Galway Irish Crystal and Belleek China, Pettitt’s SuperValu; Novice Show Jumping Championship National Grand Prix Show Jumping.

Special ceature in the Food Village Marquee is ‘The all-Ireland Home Cook Junior and Senior Championship’ 2022 – To enter contact Regina at 086 8301946 or Betty 087 6336125. Food and craft marquees amusements/fashion show by Wallace’s, Wellingtonbridge. Also: Cookery Demonstrations; Joe Daly, The Magician; Music by Tony Jeffers.

Enquiries to Elizabeth Freeman; 087 7560871, 053 9136588. Visit bannowrathanganshow.com.

Mass Times

Saturday: Cleariestown 6 p.m., Caroreigh 8 p.m. Sunday: Trinity 9 a.m., Taghmon 10.15 a.m., Rathangan 11.30 a.m. This ensures there is a vigil Mass and Sunday morning Mass in both parishes. No special Masses on Sundays for funerals.

Christmas, Easter, Holyday and holiday schedules will be worked out in due course. The 11.30 a.m. Mass in Rathangan can also be viewed on the webcam at churchmedia.ie/our-lady-of-the-assumption-st-laurence-otoole/

Community Employment scheme

Community Employment application forms available at Rathangan hall Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 or by emailing southeastcom@gmail.com. Areas covered are: Rathangan, Cleariestown, Duncormick, Ballymore, Mayglass, Kilmore, Tomhaggard, Drinagh, Murrintown and Bridgetown Village.

Rathangan Remote Working Hub

Thinking about study, work or future? McCalls Community Centre, Rathangan includes a Remote Working Hub where an office or a desk with top speed WiFi, printing etc are now available. If you need good WiFi for an interview etc just get in touch. Special rates for students and local enterprise. Apply to Annette Walsh at 086 1257595.

Mother and Toddler Group

We are delighted to announce that the Rathangan Parent and Toddler Group is now back every Wednesday between 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. If you would like to attend, contact us at 051 577046.

You can also reach us at 051 577046.

School enrolment

Enrolment forms for St Anne’s NS Rathangan for September 2022 are now available from the school office or available to download from the school website: stannesns.weebly.com please contact Jenny at 051 563167.

Hip Hop Dance School

Next Level Hip Hop Dance School 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursdays, Rathangan Hall, mixed age class from 6-12 years. Contact Joelle White 087 9768864.

Fastnet Rovers Ladies

Any girls interested in joining our club would be much appreciated. Contact Seán Sinnott at 087 9018193 or Michael Furlong 086 2549741 or Murt Sinnott 086 3050383.