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Around the Districts: Over the Water to Rathangan-Cleariestown


Faye Howlin and Tayto who were taking part in the Killinick Pony Club dressage event in Coolballow.

Faye Howlin and Tayto who were taking part in the Killinick Pony Club dressage event in Coolballow.

Faye Howlin and Tayto who were taking part in the Killinick Pony Club dressage event in Coolballow.



Summer Camp

The Shelmalier GAA Summer Camp will take place from 10 a.m until 2 p.m each day on August 8th, 9th and 20th and promises lots of fun football, camogie, hurling, drills and many more activities, with all taking place at your local GAA grounds in Hollymount. The camp caters for boys and girls aged Under 6 to Under 24. Just bring along a packed lunch, raincoat, hurl, helmet, gumshield, boots/runners. The cost is €15 per day, €35 early booking, €90 family Early booking is recommended.

Castlebridge Show

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The eagerly awaited Agricultural and Horticultural Show will take place in Castlebridge on Sunday, August 14th. It will be held in the new venue, the Community Centre, which is opposite the Bridge Rovers Soccer Club Grounds. The show will open at 1.45 p.m and entry fee is €5 for adults, and children go free. Attractions on the day include Fancy Dress parade, Dog Show, Best Dressed Lady of the Show, Best Dressed Gentleman, Most Glamorous Granny. St. Patrick’s Fife and Drum Band will also entertain. You can follow them on Facebook or Instagram at castlebridge Show for lots of updates.


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Parish office closure

The parish office will be closed from Monday, August 1, till Monday, August 8. There will be no weekly newsletter week ending August 6/7.

Deepest Sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to the sons, sister, brothers, daughter in law, grandchildren, great grandchild, other relatives and friends of Margaret (Peggy) Shanahan of Marzgarden, Roperstown, Oylegate who was interred in Oylegate Cemetery on Friday July 29th following 11.00am mass. May she Rest in Peace.

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.

Church news

Parish office opening hours – Monday and Wednesday 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. ; Friday 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. The parish office will be closed from Monday, August 1, till Monday, August 8. There will be no weekly newsletter week ending August 6/7.

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.

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.

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.


Scout Group news

Beaver/Cub and Scout Uniforms: We ask anyone who may have Beaver/Cub Jumpers or Scout Shirts in good condition and wish to donate or resell them back to the group please let us know (087 6677411 Ann Rochford) or bring them up at registration night of August 23 to the centre. In good condition they can be recycled and reused by others joining this coming scout year. Thank you for your attention.

Registration to Scouting Ireland will take place on Tuesday, August 23, at 6.30 p.m. for new and current members. Registration fee is €65 per member payable on the night. Have a great summer everyone. Stay safe.


The Piercestown patron will be held on Friday, August 5, in the cemetery at 7.30 p.m. The Murrintown patron will be held on Sunday, August 7, at 2 p.m.

Notes contact

Please forward notes for the paper to peadar.dempsey57@gmail.com.


Coffee Morning

Duncormick Area Action C.L.G. Are having a coffee morning in memory of Ger Furlong (Doc) in O’Briens Bar, Duncormick on Saturday August 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds go towards the Hope Cancer Support Centre, Enniscorthy.

Rathangan Hall – Hire of Chairs and Tables

If you have an event planned and require the hire of excellent high quality chairs and tables then Rathangan Hall has you covered. For further information on how Rathangan Hall can help you please call 051 577046 or contact us through our email at Rathanganhall@gmail.com.

Annual Patrons

Monday, August 15: Mass at two o’clock in the crossroads cemetery. Old cemetery Rathangan blessing and prayers at 1.30.

Tuesday, August 16: Ambrosetown, blessing and prayers at 6 p.m. Duncormick blessing and prayers at 6.30 followed by Mass in Duncormick church at 7 p.m. Killag cemetery blessing and prayers at 7.45 p.m. Kilcowan blessing and prayers at 8.15.

Fastnet Rovers Season 2022/2023.

Fastnet Rovers are seeking the following for the 22/23 Season: Men’s First Team Manager and Women’s First Team Manager. Please contact Paddy with expressions of Interest at 085 1731883, closing date July 22.

Underage Season 2022/2023: Fastnet rovers are seeking volunteers to get involved with the club for the underage season ahead – Please contact Mark at 089 2602595 for more details.

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 churchmedia.ie/our-lady-of-the-assumption-st-laurence-otoole/

Community Employment

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 enterprises. Apply to Annette Walsh 086 1257595.

Field Names Group

We are proud to announce our new community initiative whose aim is to record and publish the ‘Field Names’ of Rathangan/Cleariestown along with their history, features, name origin and folklore.

As this is a community initiative we will be asking for as much support as possible from people in the community to aid us with their local knowledge. What we are looking for is things such as names of fields, crossroads, walls etc. If you could provide us with the name, location and ideally background/history of the field that would be great too but not essential.

We hope everyone will get involved in this endeavour to ensure that these old names and local knowledge is preserved through time.

If you have any information please call into our office or feel free to contact Rathangan Hall through our website or email at Rathanganhall@gmail.com or you can phone us at 051 577046.

Rathangan Parish Journal

For those who missed out on getting a copy the first time around there are still a limited number of copies of ‘Rathangan A parish and its people is currently on sale in Rathangan Hall for €8.’ Rathangan A parish and its People’ was originally launched in 2012 by the balladeer Paddy Berry. All of the articles in the Rathangan Parish Journal were written by local people and includes stories of local known characters who were important in historical or sporting circumstances. The Parish Journal can also make a great gift for those abroad and who may be yearning for a taste of home. We can also provide information and help regarding posting the journal as a gift to people in other countries. To inquire about getting a copy please call into the hall or ring 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.

St Clomaun’s walkway

Our riverwalk St Clomaun’s Way is now open to the public after major repair work. So come along and enjoy.

Also a reminder that once again we have entered the Tidy Towns competition and with the help of all the people in the community we can keep the village clean and tidy. Judging started from June 13 onwards. So if you see any stray litter or weeds feel free to dispose of them.

New Website

We are proud to announce that the new and improved Rathangan Hall website is now live. Rathanganhall.com aims to be the hub of local activity. So whether you want to find out how to book Rathangan Hall or what services do we offer or even what are the Mass times in the churches you will find it all and much more on our website.We also have information on the many organisations active in the community which you may wish to join.

Hip Hop Dance School.

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

Safeguarding children .

As part of our parish’s ongoing commitment to ensuring the safety of children and vulnerable persons within our church community, please note that the parish child protection officer is Jacqui Hynes, who can be contacted at 087 2219302. A range of resources is also available on ferns.ie/policyandstandards/or through the Diocesean Director of Safeguarding at 053 9174972.