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Around the districts: Adamstown, Ballymurn Blackwater, Bree-Galbally, Oylegate, The Ballagh


Mary McGuire, Ann Bierney and Shelia Roche at the launch of Borderline’s 25th anniversary CD ‘The Road So Far’ in the Crown Bar

Mary McGuire, Ann Bierney and Shelia Roche at the launch of Borderline’s 25th anniversary CD ‘The Road So Far’ in the Crown Bar

Mary McGuire, Ann Bierney and Shelia Roche at the launch of Borderline’s 25th anniversary CD ‘The Road So Far’ in the Crown Bar

Adamstown: Beauty and the Beast - Coláiste Abbáin students will perform Beauty and the Beast as this year's Pantomime production in the college from Wednesday, January 29, to Friday, January 31, at 7.30pm each night.

The heroine Belle follows her dreams and adventures into a magical new world in which lives the Beast, who must learn how to break a spell that is upon him. With a host of new and fun characters including a Scottish gardener, French butler, a mad inventor and of evil villains who are up to no good.

The Panto is produced and directed by Ms Fiona Quirke and Mr Paul Walsh, band co-ordinator Ms Rosaline Power and choreography Ms Rachel Condon. Tickets are on sale now from the school office, adults €8, students/OAPs €5 and children €2.50. Do go along and support our local college and students.


The weekly '30' Card Game continues in the community centre this Friday, January 24, at 9 p.m. Catering on Friday the 24th will be: Ellen Furlong, Bridget Colfer and Margaret Furlong. On Friday, January 31, will be Bernie Hickey, Evelyn O'Gorman and Ann O'Gorman. Catering on Friday, February 7, will be Bridget O'Gorman, Ann Stafford, Agnes Whelan and Kay Whelan. On Friday, February 14, will be Breda Kelly, Valerie Kelly, Anne O'Brien and Eileen Moran. Proceeds going to parish funds.

Adamstown NS parents' association

Split-the-pot winner - Yvonne Hanley, who got €50 bought in Brad Óg's. School winner Pauraic Doran. Congratulations to both.

'Mental Health and Well-being Talk' Adamstown NS parents' association have arranged a talk on Tuesday, January 29, in the school assembly hall on the following topic: 'Supporting parents to support their children's mental health and well-being'. The event is organised by the National parents' council. The speaker Rachel Murphy will be there from 7 p.m. and the talk will begin at 7.30 p.m. Tea and Coffees will be served from 7 p.m. All parents and guardians welcome to attend. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Asthma Talk

Anyone can develop asthma, but it is particularly common in Ireland, affecting over 380,000 children and adults. Lisa Higgins from the Asthma Society of Ireland will be in New Ross Library on Tuesday, January 28, at 7 p.m. to provide important that will help all those affected by asthma. This talk will focus on: Asthma Medication, Inhalation Techniques, Asthma Action Plan. The talk is part of our Parenting Today series of talks that run throughout the year. Booking is essential at 051 421877.

Camross Drama Group

The Camross Drama will stage John B Keane's the Year of the Hiker at the following venues. Camross Hall - Friday, January 31, Fethard Hall - Sunday, February 2, Clonroche Hall - February 8 and 9, St Mary's Hall, Wexford - February 15 and 16.

Terry McDonald RIP

The community of Adamstown was plunged into sadness last Friday week, when the news of Terry's death came, after a brief 6 week illness.

Terry had lived in Adamstown since he married Ann Power nearly 50 years ago and during that time had made a massive impact on it. Terry's working life revolved around agriculture and livestock , where he did some part time farming through the years, growing potatoes, corn and strawberries, a passion he got from his childhood years in Ramsgrange. He bought cattle his entire life, he loved having the 'craic' with farmers and prided himself on the service he offered. He was known throughout the South East which was reflected in the massive crowd that attended his wake and his burial.

Terry was also a great community man, this was reflected in the many organisations he was a member of during his time in Adamstown. He was chairman for the building and repayment of the debt on the Community Centre, a member of the Parish committee for over 20 years, a member of the Harvest committee that raised funds for Sr. Helen in Uganda, chairman for the local show for a decade and a member of the cemetery committee until his untimely death.

Terry was a jovial man, who always had a word for everyone, he loved meeting people and seeing progress being made in Adamstown, a community loved and was proud to call his own.


GAA Club lotto

Numbers drawn were 1, 5, 22 and 28. No Winner. Match-three winner Mary McDonald. Next jackpot €10,000. Tickets available on lime or from club members.

Dates for your Diary

Ballymurn Fun Run on Sunday, January 26 (Tara Bishop Memorial Run). Grandparents Day: Thursday, January 30, at 11.30 a.m. Confrimation: Tuesday, March 3.

Ballymurn Youth Club

Come along for a Fun Bingo Night for all the family on Friday, January 31, in Ballymurn Hall from 7.30 p.m. €5 per book.

Couch to 5K

Just a reminder that the couch to 5k is back every Wednesday in Oylegate Pitch at 7.15 p.m. Open to everyone. Walk or run. A great way to start the new year. For more details contact Mag Balfe.

Knitter Knatters

Ballymurn knitter Knatters meet every Wednesday morning in the club room of the hall. New members always welcome.


James Shipley Festival

The James Shipley Festival will take place in Blackwater from May 20 to May 24. This festival Is being organised to acknowledge the artistry and craftmanship of this unique carpenter whose legacy can be admired not only in our own church but also in many churches in the diocese. We will keep you informed of what's happening on these five days in May as the time gets closer.

Modern jive classes

There are modern jive classes have started in Blackwater parish hall each Wednesday. The classes will be given by Fran Cullen and they will run from 8.30 p.m. till 11 p.m. Modern jive is a great way to learn or improve your dance skills, to get fit and to have great night out. Cost €10.


Two Pilates classes will commence in Blackwater community centre from January 21, on Tuesdays at 11.30 a.m. and Thursdays at 8.15 p.m.

Debbie is qualified in Joseph Pilates and Stott Pilates and Advanced Pilates. She has additional qualifications in pregnancy pilates, pilates for back pain and also for Older population. She is a qualified registered Nurse for over 20 years and has been teaching pilates successfully for over eight years. Debbie can be contacted at 086 8122535 for further information.

Any news?

All notices need to be sent via email to blackwaternotes@gmail.com on the Thursday evening by 9 p.m. before publication every Tuesday or if email is not available please call Clare at 086 8386242.

Many of our parishioners are not on social media or email and rely on the paper to keep them up todate.


Slaney Adventure Race

The Slaney Adventure Race will take place on Saturday, February 8, same routes and events as last year. Cycle 30k (from Bree Community Centre), Kayak 1k (Killurin), Run 6.5k forest run (finish in Bree Community Centre). Online registration - njuko.

Bree Parish Journal

Bree Parish Journal No 19 is now on sale. The journal covers many of the events and activities in the area over the past two years as well as a number of items of historical interest. The cost of the journal is €10 and it is available in Byrnes of Bree, Keeleys Ballybrennan, Londis Tomnalosset and also in the Bookshops in Enniscorthy and Wexford.

Bree Macra

Congratulations to the Bree Macra Capers team who have qualified for the national final of the Capers show competition. The final will be held in Éire Óg Hall in Ovens, Co. Cork on Saturday February1st at 8 p.m. All support for the event would be greatly appreciated.

Scoil Mhuire NS Ballyhogue

Well done to the pupils of Ballyhogue NS who came first in the Primary Group Category of the 2019 Wexford Christmas Decoration Competition. Hundreds of children around the county participated in the competition which was open to all primary and secondary school children and it was a fantastic achievement for the school to come first in their category.

Macra 60th anniversary

Bree Macra will be officially launching our 60th Anniversary dinner dance on Saturday, January 25. The launch will be at 8 p.m. in Bree Hall and will be followed by the capers team final dress rehearsal. The dinner dance is taking place in the Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy on Friday, March 27, Tickets are €35 and are available from next Saturday onwards from any committee member. For more information on any of the above, please contact 087 7660602.

Ballyhogue GAA lotto

The numbers drawn in the recent Ballyhogue GAA lotto were 8, 14, 15 and 22. There was no jackpot winner. Match 3's were Dan and Ann Fenlon, Richard Murphy, Kereight (twice), Arthur Dunne, park, Brendan Doyle, Carrig (twice). The next draw is January 22 for a jackpot of €1,400.

Bree AC news

Bree AC were represented by two teams in the Leinster under-12 Cross Country Relays in Gowran last weekend. The team of Shane Laffan, PJ Breen, Tom Finn and Jayden Kenny were gold medal winners and the team of Sam Devereux, Billy Doyle, Jack Doyle and James Wall finished in a respectable 10th place. Best wishes to team one in the all-Ireland on February 8 in Rathdrum. Well done also to Ava Wilson, who was third in the under-10 individual race. Next Leinster for Bree AC athletes will be the Leinster Indoor Championships on February 1 and two at AIT.

Yoga classes

Yoga Classes with Grace will resume in the Bree Community Centre Dance Studio on Monday, February 3, at 8.15 p.m. and on Thursday mornings at 10.15 a.m. Sessions are €10.

Forthcoming AGMs

Bree Development Group AGM will take place on Monday, January 27, at 8.30 p.m. Bree Community Centre AGM AGM will take place on Monday, February 10, at 8.30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and all organisation using the community centre are especially asked to be represented.


School enrolments

Oylegate NS is now taking enrolments for September 2020. Please call to school for a form any time between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Clothes Collection

Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club are having a clothing collection to raise funds for the club. If you are having a clear out, we will take all your unwanted clothes, paired shoes, handbags, belts, curtains and blankets. No duvets, pil-lows, socks, underwear or wet clothing. Collection at Oylegate Community Centre Tuesday, January 21, 8.30 a.m. 9.30 a.m. Contact Bernie Hayden at 087 2040402 or Lillian Lawler at 087 6395608.

GAA Penny Bank

GAA club penny bank has resumed for the new year, please contact your local collector to re-join, Thanks for your support in 2019.

Oylegate Text Alert

It is time of year to sign up for the forthcoming text alert year. Under GDPR rules all participants need to sign a form to register for the coming year. These forms are available at Mernagh's or the Slaney Inn for collection. They need to be completed and handed back in to the committee, and your participation in this scheme is vital to help keep our community safe.

Senior citizens party

The annual senior citizens Christmas party will take place on Sunday, January 19.

Walking Track

The lights will be on at the walking track at the GAA Grounds every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the facility is available to all in the community, so come along and stay fit over the winter months. The couch to 5k group meet Wednesday evenings. All welcome to take part.

The Ballagh


The Ballagh Boxing Club will benefit from the bingo that will be held in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh, starting on Tuesday, January 14, at 9 p.m. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Congratulations to the most recent winner, Ailbhe Nolan on winning €68. Thank you to all participants for your continued support.

It costs just €2 to play and envelopes can be found in all local businesses: Tim's Chipper, Caroline's Hairdressing, Bob's Bar, Lounge, Shop and Takeaway, The Sawdust, Barry Walsh's Car Servicing, The Unyoke Cafe, Dick Britton PVC Ltd., The Trading Post, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL.

Craft meeting

A group of local people, interested in traditional crafts, meet every Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Snug, in Marty's Bar, Oulart. All craft workers are welcome to attend. Contact Teresa Lee at 086 3957896 for further information.

Operation Transformation

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club, through its Healthy Club Officer, Breda Flood has signed up, once again for the RTÉ Operation Transformation 'Ireland Lights Up' that was so successful in 2019.

Beginning on Monday, January 13, and continuing till February 24, the lights at the Upper Pitch will be on Monday nights from 7 p.m. till 8.30 p.m. to enable walkers/runners to participate. People are asked to sign-in so that the numbers taking part can be recorded.

Baptisms in the Parish

Oulart and Ballaghkeene Baptism dates for 2020 have been published and will take place on Saturdays at midday or 4 p.m. Three weeks' notice is required. Application forms are available from P Lacey for the Ballagh (086 3030492) and M Davis for Oulart, Tuesdays 9.30 a.m. to 5 p.m., phone 053 9136139.

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