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Blackwater Vintage Club's annual vintage tractor and car road run will take place on Sunday, May 21, leaving Blackwater church carpark at 12.30. Registration from 11.30 a.m. in Blackwater Hall. Proceeds to Wexford Hospice Homecare.

Active retirement

The active retirement group will meet again on Tuesday, May 23, at 2.30 p.m., in the hall. Please return completed affiliation forms on that date, to facilitate official registration. New members welcome.

Meals On Wheels

Meals on Wheels delivers twice every week on Tuesday and Thursday. Spaces are available in each of the following areas: Kilmuckridge, Ballygarrett, Oulart, Monamolin, Blackwater. For more information phone Kilmuckridge Family Resource Centre at 053 9130393.


First Communion

The children of Crossabeg national school received their First Holy Communion on Saturday last in Crossabeg church. Gods blessing to all of them. Those, who received were Darragh Buttle, Tom Fortune, Jonathan Winters, Cameron Sheil, Oisin Caulfield, Joshua Ruttledge, Eadaoin Fanning, Brandon Furlong, Darragh Sherlock, Johnnie Walsh, Sophia Murphy, Marina Lowney-Loring, Sophia Grennell, Yvette Carley, Ava Doyle, Alma McDonald, Isobel Kearney, Orla Murphy, Sadhbh McDonald, Olivia Grennell, Grace Stenning, Naoimi Pettitt, Aaliyah McNamee, Hannah Redmond, Emily Bates, Kate Stenning, Ryan Wycherley and Adam Carney.


The whist sessions conclude in Glynn hall this Wednesday, May 17, and will begin for the summer months in Kyle Forge on Wednesday, May 24, at 8 p.m.


On Saturday, May 6, the Crossabeg community had the opportunity to meet in Kyle Forge and chat over a cup of tea and a tasty morsel. The get-together was very enjoyable and the committee would like to thank all who attended, supplied items for sale, made a donation or helped with the event.

They also wish to thank those who supplied prizes for the raffle. The lucky winners included Breda Murphy, Ella O'Connor, Maura Joyce, Peggy Rossiter, Rioch Fox, Breda Foley, Liz Mernagh, Gillian Hearne, Mary Reck, Breda McDonald, Alice Ryan, Kathleen Higgins, Marie Dillon, Fionnuala Foley, Ronan Brennan, Josie Redmond, Margaret Redmond, Kathleen Burke, Mary Fox, Judith Robinson, Pat Cashin, Brian Foley, Johnny Walsh and Anne Doran.

Approximately €1,300 was raised for the day-to-day running costs of Crossabeg church.

CE scheme

There are two vacancies available on the Community Employment scheme, secretary (Job Ref. 2036776) and Caretaker/General Operative (Job Ref.2036772). Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and to apply for the vacancy. A Job reference number will be required. You must be over 25 years of age and in receipt of an Irish social welfare payment for one year or more.

Community Games

The local Community Games athletic finals will be held at the local community field in Crossabeg on Thursday, May 18, with registration at 6.30 p.m. and the events under way at 7 p.m.

There will be a fun race for the under-6s and this will be followed up with sprint races for the under-8s right up to under-16s, as well as Long Jump, Long Puck and hurdles. Contact Michelle at 086 0605022 or Anne at 086 1980775 if you require any further information.

Open day

The Open day at Artramon Gardens will take place on Sunday, May 28, Gates open at 2 p.m and the gardens remain open till 5 p.m. You can stroll around the beautifully kept gardens, have the children explore the Fairy Garden and then enjoy some light refreshments in the garden. A number of rooms in the downstairs part of the main house will also be open this year to the public. While you are enjoying your cuppa, you can relax and enjoy the lovely music which will be supplied by the Wexford Folk Orchestra. Admission is €5 for adults, with children admitted for free.

Schools Marathon

The national schools marathon which is being organised by the local St Killian's Athletic club will be held at the community field in Crossabeg on Wednesday, May 24, The event proved a marvellous success last year and this year it is hoped to have seven schools competing. The event was won by Crossabeg school last year and they are hoping to retain their title. Why not go along and give them your support.

Gary Laffan r.i.p.

The death occured on Saturday last of Mr Gary Laffan, Monmore, Crossabeg. Gary had been in failing health for a while, but soldiered on till the very end.

A native of Coolafulaun, Galbally, he made his home in Monmore where he carried on a mixed farming enterprise. He also worked for a time at Great Island, Campile, during the building of the Power Station. An avid GAA player and supporter, his contribution was recognised by Seans Ghael a few years ago. During his playing years, he hurled with Taghmon, Glynn and Galbally and was a determined and committed player.

He was also very keenly interested in the local regattas, being treasurer and an oarsman of Killurin Regatta committee. His interests also included the Fianna Fail party and he was treasurer of the local Michael J. Sinnott Cumann, whose members formed a Guard of Honour at the removal of his remains yesterday.

He is survived by his wife Nell, and children, Geraldine, Mark, Cormac, Clodagh, Oonagh, Bridgetta and Ellen, brother Jim (and pre-deceased by his brother Michael) sons and daugthers-in-law, grandchildren, brothers and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy.

His remains reposed at his residence on Sunday last with removal at midday on Monday to Crossabeg church for Funeral Mass at 12.30 p.m. Burial took place afterwards to Galbally cemetery RIP.


It was a very busy weekend for the juvenile members of St Killian's Athletic club. On Friday evening last, some members attended at the DMP for the county finals of the Discus and Hammer events. Amy Forde took silver in the under-18 Discus, third in the senior Discus and fourth in the senior Hammer events. Jack Forde won the under-15 Discus and Kate Freeman finished in fourth place in the under-14 Discus.

On Sunday morning, juvenile members headed off to the Hub in Enniscorthy for day two of the county championships and once again they excelled themselves. David McCarthy took bronze in the 60m Hurdles under-13; Anna Finan took silver in the under-14 60m Hurdles heat and final; Chloe Reck took bronze in the under-11 High Jump and she also finished in fourth place in the heat of the 60M, fourth in the semi and fourth in the final;

Chloe Murphy took bronze in the Turbo Javelin under-nine and first in the heat of the 60M, third in the semi and sixth in the final ; Jack Forde took silver in the 80m Hurdles under-15 first in the heat of the 200m and second in the final, first in the Triple Jump, first in the High Junp ;

Kara Morrissey finished in first place in the heat of the 60m under-11, first in the semi and fourth in the final; Lauren Barry finished in second place in the heat of the 60m under-nine, sixth in the semi; Paul Freeman took silver in the under-17 Long Jump, third in the 200M, third in the Shot Putt and second in the 800M; Euan McLaughlin took silver in the under-16 Shot Putt; Billy Reck finished in fourth place in the under-15 Javelin final; Jack Purcell finished in fourth place in the under-12 High jump; William Murphy finished in fifth place in the final of the under-13 High Jump.

Well done to all who competed so well for their club. A total of 27 medals came home and this is a great achievement by this small club. For those athletes who did not win medals, they have another chance of success at the county B championships on June 23.

Over the Water

The Kube

Curracloe United AFC wish to thank everyone who made their fundraiser 'The Kube' a great success. The generosity with sponsorship, raffle prizes etc is much appreciated and all were only too happy to support the club. A huge effort was made by the Golden 36 contestants, and the Kube committee were very proud of what they did achieve. All money raised will go forward to establish an astro turf pitch at the club, so that the members can avail of a top class facility in the future.

Summer camp

The FAI summer soccer camp is back for six- to 14-year-old boys and girls from August 7 to August 11 and takes place at Bridge Rovers AFC. Book now on summersoccerschools.ie. Book early as this camp sold out last year.

Anniversary Mass

The first Anniversary Mass for the late Annie Mangan, Ballyvaloo, Blackwater, who died on May 23, 2016, will be offered up at 8 p.m. on Saturday night next, May 20.

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United Development lotto draw for Sunday, May 7, The numbers drawn were 11, 18, 23 and 27. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners who each received €50, Joe Donohoe, Kilmacoe, Curracloe; Thomas Bierney, Main street, Wexford and Caroline Curran, Ballyvaloo.

Results of draw for Sunday, May 14. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 14 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and eight match-three winners who each received €20, Brian McKenna, Curracloe; Alice O'Connor, Coolcotts, Wexford; Pauline Barron c/o An Post; Aidan McGuire, Ballina, Curracloe; Brid and Caroline Curran, Ballyvaloo; Fiona Denton, Ballymore, Screen; Theresa Kehoe, Screen and Annie Howlin, Screen. Next week's jackpot stands at €20,000 and the draw will take place in the Curracloe Roadhouse on Sunday, May 21, at 9 p.m.

Community Games

SOCCER - Castlebridge/Crossabeg took on Bree-Davidstown in the semi-final of the boys outdoor Soccer competition last week. Castlebridge/Crossabeg won out on a 9-0 scoreline. Goal scorers were Paddy Connors (4) Chris Frawley (3) and Evan Cullen two. Despite the scoreline, this was a very good game from both teams but Castlebridge/Crossabeg were ahead throughout the game.

STAGE EVENTS - A number of children from the area were performing in the stage events in Bree hall on Saturday night last. In the solo singing event under-16, Jessica Panteli from Oylegate gave a lovely rendition of 'Helena'. The local Group Music team of Laura Canning, Seán Moran, Eoin O'Doherty, Rian Ormond and Ellie Roche were gold medal winners and performed 'Out on the Ocean'. They now represent Wexford at the national finals in August.

In the Solo Music under-12 category, Ellie Roche, Seán Moran, Laura Canning, Eon O'Doherty and Rian Ormond all performed very well, with Rian Ormond taking the silver medal position with a lovely rendition on the accordian of John McKennas'reel and First Night in America. Congratulations to all who competed.

HANDBALL - On Sunday evening last, the area had an under-13 and an under-16 Handball team in action against Taghmon in the semi-finals of the county competition.

In the under-13 category, Bobby Doyle (Taghmon) defeated Joshua Roche (Castlebridge) 18 - 5; 16-4. In the doubles Adam Murphy/Shane Kelly (Castlebridge) defeated Calvin Kehoe/Morgan Walsh (Taghmon) 11-12; 10-9; 13-4. In the final singles game, Jack Murphy (Taghmon) defeated Killian Buckley (Castlebridge) 18-2; 9-6.

In the under-16 category, Mark Doyle (Taghmon) won the Singles game on a 15-4; 19-3 scoreline. The doubles match went to the Taghmon pair who defeated Mikey Connors/Ciaran Hearne 20-6; 17-4; 19-2. Taghmon also won the last Singles match with Quentin Kehoe defeating David Doyle 16-7; 8-11. Taghmon go through to the county finals in both categories.

Thanks to John Roche and Virginia Hanrahan for all their support and for entering the teams in the competitions. Great to see entries from the locality once again in handball in the Community Games.

ATHLETICS - The local Community Games athletic finals will be held at the local community field in Crossabeg on Thursday, May 18, with registration at 6.30 p.m. and the events under way at 7 p.m.

There will be a fun race for the under-6s and this will be followed up with sprint races for the under-8 s right up to under-16s, as well as Long Jump, Long Puck and hurdles. Contact Michelle at 086 0605022 or Anne at 086 1980775 if you require any further information. All schools in the area will also be notified.

drama group AGM

Bridge Drama will hold their annual general meeting in the Eden Vale room in the Porter House in Castlebridge at eight p, m on Wednesday, May 17, All are very welcome. For further information on Bridge Drama, please find them on Facebook or go to bridgedrama.com.


We extend our condolences to Mrs Claire Sinnott and family, Garrywilliam, Crossabeg, on the death of her Mother, Mrs Margaret Murphy (née Stafford) 'Como Lodge', Castlebridge and formerly of Menapia Avenue, Johns Road, Wexford, whose death occurred on Thursday, May 4, Her remains reposed at her residence on Friday afternoon from 2.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. with removal to Castlebridge church on Saturday morning for 11 a.m Requiem Mass and burial afterwards to the local cemetery.

To her husband Barney, children Jackie, Sandra, Barry, Claire, Orlagh, Sile and Pádraig, her grandchildren, sisters Olive and Frances and brother Seán, nephews, nieces, sons and daughters-in-law and extended family, we offer our deepest sympathy. RIP.

GAA news

The Shelmalier senior and intermediate hurlers made their debut in the first round of the championship but unfortunately both teams suffered defeats, to Oylegate and Fethard respectively.

The seniors travelled to Wexford Park on Sunday and in an evenly contested first half the sides were level 1-6 to 0-9 at half time, with Conor Hearne scoring the Shelmalier goal direct from a long range free. There was still a tight margin between the sides as the game entered the last quarter with Oylegate pulling away in the final quarter winning on a final score line of 2-16 to 1-11.

The intermediates travelled to Taghmon on the same day and went down to a very strong Fethard side 1-14 to 2-7. Joe Kelly got his side his side off to an early lead before Fethard hit back with a goal and three points. There was only a point between the sides at half time. In the second half Joe Kelly continued his scoring spree finishing with a total of 2-4 for his side, alas, it did not prevent the Shels from going down by a four point margin.

The Shelmalier senior hurlers travelled to Rathnure on Friday night last to take on the local team in the next round of the all-county league. In an outstanding game of hurling from both teams the visitors proved the stronger winning on a final score line of 0-15 to 0-13. Among the scorers for the Shelmaliers were Tommy Barron, Stephen Banville, Conor Byrne and the ever youthful Seamie Harding, who contributed two great points from corner forward.

The intermediate hurling league match against Faythe Harriers was postponed and will be played in the coming weeks.

Minor hurler Ross Banville scored an incredible 11 frees for the Wexford county minor team when they took on Dublin in the Leinster championship in Parnell Park, Dublin on Saturday last. Despite Ross's best efforts the team were defeated on a final score of 0-20 to 1-14 and therefore are out of this year's championship.

All members and players and supporters are reminded that the sports shop in Hollymount is open on both Monday and Tuesday evenings from seven to 8 p.m with a large range of sports and leisure gear on offer.

Cúl Camps

Following the success of the recent Easter camp at Hollymount, the Shelmalier club will be holding two Cúl Camps this summer and they will take place from July 17 to July 20 and the second camp from July 31 to August 4 If interested please fill in the registration form on kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie Website.

Féile na nGael

The excitement is building in the parish as the National Féile na nGael under-14 hurling competition comes to county Wexford from June 16 to June 18.

With both Laois and Waterford hurling teams and a camogie team staying in the parish over this period a lot of fundraising and planning has commenced over the last few weeks.

The Shelmalier club would like to thank all who are either involved in or supporting both the fundraising and planning and no doubt this will continue as the competition date approaches.

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