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Around the Districts: Over the Water to Rosslare Harbour


Killian Brennan (Junior Boys Captain) teeing off at the annual Drive In at Wexford Golg Club.

Killian Brennan (Junior Boys Captain) teeing off at the annual Drive In at Wexford Golg Club.

Killian Brennan (Junior Boys Captain) teeing off at the annual Drive In at Wexford Golg Club.



ICA meeting

Castlebridge ICA will hold their next meeting on Monday, March 20th at 7.30 p.m in Castlebridge community centre. New members are always welcome.

GAA Lotto

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Shelmalier GAA Lotto results for March 6th. The numbers drawn were 2, 6, 21 & 24. There was no jackpot winner and 5 match 3 winners who each received €40, John & Kathleen Byrne; Brian Denton; Jacinta Stamp; Jimmy Doyle and Katie Lacey. 1st Jackpot is €24,200; 2nd Jackpot €15,000 and the 3rd Jackpot is worth €15,000. Tickets available in local shops and pubs or play online bit.Ly/Shelmalier

Development Lotto

Results of the Curracloe United Development Lotto draw for Sunday March 12th. The numbers drawn were 5, 6,18 & 20. There was no Jackpot winner and no match 3 winners. €300 will be shared between the Match 3 winners next week. Next week’s Jackpot stands at €2,750 and the draw will take place in The Curracloe Tavern on Sunday March 19th at 8.30 p.m

Outreach Programme

The staff of Curracloe national school wish to thank Thomas Maher for coming to visit the classes on Thursday, March 9th as part of Wexford Library Outreach programme.

Vintage club news

Reserve Easter Sunday, April 9th for a Road Run being organised by the Over the Water Vintage Club. Assembly at Castlebridge Community Centre with registration from 11.30 a.m and the event getting underway at 12.30 p.m. All proceeds in aid of Castlebridge Church.

Community Games

The 2023 season is about to begin and the local Area are back in action. Entries are being sought for Chess Draughts, Art & Handwriting, Swimming among others. Check out details on any of the above events on the local Castlebridge/Crossabeg Community Games page and leave a message if interested.


‘Joseph’ musical

The musical Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat will be staged in Oylegate Community Centre for four nights, Wednesday, 22nd, Thursday, 23rd Friday, 24th Saturday, March 25. nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets: €12 for adults and €6 for primary school children can be booked by phoning 053 9138192 or 087 9552727.

Parish Draw

The winners of the February parish draw were: First. prize: €200 Mary Power; runner-up prizes of €50 each to Séamus Whelan, Patricia Edwards, Margaret Brosnan and Seán and Margaret Storey. The March draw will take place on Sunday, March 26.

Baby and Toddler Group

Glenbrien Baby and Toddler Group meets 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 at 086 1939997 or Anne Marie O’Connor at 087 2973324. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa and a chat.

Church news

St Patrick’s Day Collection – The basket collection taken up at Masses on St Patrick’s Day will be used for the Edu-cation and Development Fund for the diocese. As we go into the future we will need to invest money in the training of lay people, priests and seminarians to lead and sup-port Faith development in our parishes. Your contribution will be your commitment to a changing church.

Church gate collection – There will be a church gate collection in aid of the Epilepsy Association of Ireland on 18th. And March 19.

Parish Confirmations – The sacrament will be administered in Oylegate on Wednesday, March 15,/Glenbrien on Thursday, March 16. May our young people be guided with God’s blessings.

Parish office closure – parish office will be closed on Friday, March 17.

Eucharistic Adoration – Adoration takes place in the Prayer Room in Oylegate church on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1. p.m.

Adoration of the Blessed sacrament takes place in Glenbrien church on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.

Church Envelope Contributions 2023 – The Envelope Boxes for 2023 are available for collection in the church. To save on printing costs, the Boxes are issued to those who use them to make donations on a regular basis. If you do not use the envelopes, you are encouraged to make a donation to the church fund by making an annual cheque or cash donation or through a bank account. Account Name: Oylegate Parish Church. Bank: Bank of Ireland, Abbey Square, Enniscorthy. IBAN: IE44 BOFI 906566 24140788. BIC: BOFIIE2D.

Parish office Hours – Monday and Wednesday 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m., Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Glenbrien Church Faith community needs new volunteers – New Mass readers and ministers of the eucharist are needed for weekend Masses. If you can help, contact Rosemary Quirke, Von Breen or Fr Byrne.

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.


Archery Classes at Rathangan Hall

If you’re interested in taking up Archery or have done so in the past you will be delighted to hear that Cuchulainn Archers are opening another club branch very soon based out of Rathangan Hall. The club is currently only taking people aged 14 and up for the course for now but please get in touch with them as they will be facilitating under that age as soon as equipment allows so if you wish you can be added to the clubs mailing list for that update. Please email cuchulainnwexford@yahoo.com for more information.

Irish Dancing Classes

The Doyle Academy have commenced Irish Dancing classes on Saturdays in Rathangan Hall from midday to 1 p.m. Our classes are open to girls and boys aged 4+ at all levels, our classes are taught in a competitive and non competitive environment for more enquiries contact Lisa on 087 6389410 or view the facebook page Doyle Academy Wexford.

Hip hop dance classes

Next level dance school is back with hip hop dance classes in Rathangan hall Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., start back date is February 2, cost €7 per class pay-as-you-go. For more info contact Joelle at 087 9768864 or contact through our Facebook/Instagram at next level dance school.

School enrolment

Enrolment forms for St Anne’s NS Rathangan for September 2023 are now available from the school office or available to download from the school website: stannesns.weebly.com please contact Jenny at 051 563167.

A massive thank you

Anne and Benny Delaney would like to say a huge thank you to their close neighbours, relatives and friends for the support and generosity after their house burnt down last St Patrick’s Day. Thanks especially to the committee for organisng fundraising and to Jordans pub, The Coal Bunker and The Railway Inn for providing their premises. Thank you also to Paul Corrigan and staff of Icon Construction Group for the rebuild. Anne and Benny cannot express how much all of this helped them.

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.

McCalls Community Centre

Office and Hub Rental - If you’re looking for a great place to work in peace with excellent facilities on hand then look no further than McCalls Community Centre where you can hire an office desk or office space to suit your needs.

Genealogy service - If you are interested in discovering your family’s history in the parish then why not call down to Ciaran at the McCalls Community Centre who will be on hand to help you trace your roots. This is a free service available to all in the community. Opening hours 9.30-1.30 Monday to Friday.

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.

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.


Spring Craft Fair

Kilrane Crafters will hold a Spring Craft Fair on Sunday 26th March , in Kilrane Community Centre Y35Y2TC from 12 until 4 pm. Beautiful Crafts and homemade goodies available on the day. Come and have a browse, pick up a gift or two and chat to some very talented crafters. Entry Free.

St Marys GAA

Lotto numbers for week ending 7th March were 10, 13, 28 and 29. There was no Jackpot Winner. Congratulations to our 2 Match 3 Winners–Chris Culleton and Clara Day. The next draw will take place on Tuesday 14th March with a Jackpot of €8,000.

We are asking ALL families to purchase a weekly lotto ticket to help with the day to day running of the club and fund the new floodlights which we have secured with a sports capital grant. This new development will benefit all members of our club.

Community Recognition Fund

The recent confirmation from Wexford County Council of a grant of some €200,000 to our local community was welcomed. This money was made available as part of a countywide allocation of funding to reward communities who worked closely with the people of Ukraine and will be used to further extend the Community Resource Centre/Community Hub in the old Bank of Ireland building.

Ports Past & Present

A FREE book will be available shortly outlining the amazing heritage of Rosslare Hbr, Holyhead, Fishguard, Pembroke and Dublin ports. This book is the result of an Ireland Wales project which has enabled a wonderful exchange of histories, economies and identities. Festivals and events which have been established during this project will continue to grow and it is hoped that the close links between the various communities will bring many new and exciting opportunities to business people on both sides of the Irish Sea.

Fleadh Cheoil

Great news for Wexford and the County of Wexford in being awarded Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in 2024. Brilliant news and something we can all look forward to!

Ballycogley Players

Our festival journey with this year’s play ‘The Red Iron’ is well underway, with the play being very well received around the country. On Sunday night last we received results from Kilmuckridge Drama Festival form Adjudicator Tom Byrne.

3rd place overall in the open section; Best Moment Of Theatre–Sean Carthy nominated for his retelling of “The Bentley Story”; Best Actor–Sean Carthy nominated,

Best Supporting Actor- Colm Doyle nominated, Best Set–Murt Cloney nominated Best Director- Ellen Cloney Well done to the cast and crew on a great result from our first festival.

We will be receiving more results over the coming days as we have now reached the halfway point in our festival journey.

As part of their Directing for Theatre course at Maynooth University, Breda Hayes and Mairead Sinnott will present two short plays under the banner of La Cheile Drama in association with the Ballycogley Players. Breda will direct ‘Halcyon Days’ by Deirdre Kinahan, with Mairead directing ‘A Cream Cracker Under The Settee’ by Alan Bennett. Performance dates below

Stella Maris Centre, Kilmore Quay, Sunday March 19. All proceeds In aid of accessible facilities in Kilmore. Tickets are available from Kilmore Parish committee members or on the door for €10 Wexford Arts Centre Tuesday March 21. All proceeds in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland. Wexford Arts Centre Thursday March 23. All proceeds in aid of The Wexford Rape Crisis Centre. Performances at 8pm nightly. We hope to see you there.