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Aoife Burke and Kayla Byrne taking part in the Polar Plunge in Rosslare

Aoife Burke and Kayla Byrne taking part in the Polar Plunge in Rosslare

Aoife Burke and Kayla Byrne taking part in the Polar Plunge in Rosslare

Ballymore-Mayglass: Ballycogley Players - Our 'comic members' have been very busy recently performing sketches for fundraisers and Christmas parties over the last few weeks which included a concert in aid of Baby Lucy Wall on Saturday, November 30, in Rathangan Hall, Bannow Historical Society's Christmas party in Wellingtonbridge on Saturday, December 7, and Our Lady's Island Old Folks Christmas party in Ferrycarrig Hotel on Sunday, December 15.

Well done to all the students at Bridgetown College, who took part in their recent production of 'All Shook Up' but a special mention must go to our members Josh Quigley-Power, Jack O'Brien and Justine Murphy, who were all excellent on stage and also to Rory, Conor and Cian Cassidy, who were part of the backstage and lighting crew. We are very proud of you all.

Christmas party time took place for us on Friday, December 6, in Mary Barry's, Kilmore where we got together and enjoyed a fabulous meal (washed down with a few beverages) Thanks to the staff for looking after us so well, a great night was had by all.

Rehearsals for our circuit play; 'Dreamland' have been going very well but unfortunately due to illness one of our stalwart members, Con Doyle has had to take a step back from his character. Readings took place to replace his character last week and Shay Hannon was the successful candidate and will now play 'Doc'. Best of luck, Shay.

We wish our dear friend Con all the best and look forward to having him back threading the boards very soon.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas. A special thank you for all your support in 2019 and hope 2020 is good to you all.

Ballycogley Bingo

Ballycogley Bingo took its christmas break on Sunday last and we hope to see you all back again on December 29 following the christmas festivities. We thank you for your support and wish you all a very happy christmas. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the session will begin at 7.30 p.m. with 10 bingo games each night plus the snowball game. Wheel of fortune aswell as high/low games each night aswell. Lots of bingo fun guaranteed. Ample car parking spaces in new adjoining car park.

Lotto

The jackpot now stands at €3,200. There is also a match-three prize of €200 each week. The numbers drawn were 16, 22, 25 and 27..Many thanks for your continued support. Remember you can also sign up to a 10-week club lotto subscription for €15 where your numbers will be entered each week for you and you will receive a weekly lotto text. Make it easy to never miss a draw by contacting Sharon Pettit at 086 1787498 to sign up.

Ballycogley Hall

Forever Fit class each Wed. night at 7.30 and pilates for over-50s on Friday mornings at 11.30. The bingo will return on December 29 at 7.30 p.m. For queries and information re hall availability and bookings please contact Sandra (087 7996938).

All Blacks AFC

Congratulations to the winner of our split-the-pot draw. Fidelis Power, who wins €220.

Schoolgirls and Women's - The leagues are now breaking for Christmas and fixtures will resume on Saturday, January 5, for 11, 14 and 18 and women will resume on Sunday, January 6.

Happy Christmas to you and yours and wishing you all a peaceful healthy and sporting new year. The under-nine girls where the only schoolgirls' team out where under-12 had a Saturday off and our two under-16 teams games where called off.

Big well done to the nine girls that travelled out to Curracloe yesterday morning. Sarah had some great saves in goal, Molly and Laura strong in defence, Tara, Nia, Olivia great running in midfield. Nia got a cracker of a goal. Chloe, Aoife and Nancy Kate did brilliant work up front. The future looks bright, very bright indeed for our little club.

Our women travelled the short distance to Drinagh this afternoon to take on home side Wexford Bohs in Division 3 league in very blustery conditions girls played some great football but unfortunately couldn't break home defence with Melissa coming close to see her shot go narrowly wide - 0-0 at the half way mark. Bohs pushed everything forward assisted by the wind and got their first goal within 15 minutes of second half. The girls battled on and unfortunately the home side sealed victory and three points in closing 15 minutes to win 2-0. Well done to all 13 girls involved this afternoon. Both Men's teams were back in action.

The A team went down 1-0 away to a last minute Fethard goal. The B team took on league leaders Camolin and were very unlucky not to come away with all three points. Goals from Barry Brennan and Jack Doyle had the lads 2-1 up going into injury time but a very dubious free kick awarded to the home team allowed them to salvage a draw in the dying seconds with a super strike. A great battling performance by the lads so well done to all.

Tomhaggard Social Centre

Thank you to everyone who attended the Christmas Gathering last Sunday, those who prepared food, the Social Centre, crafts display and erected the Christmas tree which was turned on by Rene Troy.

Thank you

A big thank you to everyone who contributed foodstuffs, toiletries, toy's and clothes to the Wexford People Helping People Hamper Appeal which was held by Kilmore Scouts and Women's Shed. The donations were collected by Carol Gray from WPHP on Wednesday. She thanked everyone for their generosity and said that they will be distributed to needy people and families in the area.

Killinick ICA

The local Killinick ICA guild held its most recent meeting on December 2 and present were president Joan Furlong and sixteen fellow members. Thank you to all of those that supported the fundraising coffee evening held in the Merry Elf with the proceeds going to Pallitive care. The hostesses on the night were Betty Reid and Mary Sinnott with Mary Fenlon and Maura O'Mahoney catering at the next meeting on January 6.

The competition winners were 1ST Mary Crotty 2ND Breda Wright 3RD Marie McNae and the competition for the next meeting is for the nicest verse on a Christmas card. New members are always welcome and we wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Birthday greetings

Ballycogley man Billy O'Brien was joined by a large gathering of family and friends in Meylers lounge bar Tacumshane during the recent past to celebrate a very special birthday. Always a gentleman and a true supporter of all that is good and no mean darts player and exponent on GAA fields, we wish Billy a very happy birthday.

St Fintan's

The St Fintan's/Our Lady's Island under-20 football team suffered defeat at the hands of Castletown in the semi-final of the Greenstar premier B county championships. The fixture was played in Ballymore in very high winds and extremely wet under foot conditions and the fact that it went ahead gave the impression of something that needed to be 'got rid of'.

The home side played with the wind in the first half and had secured a four point lead after 15 minutes but an exchange of points and then a Castletown goal on twenty five minutes saw the sides draw level after which the home side seemed to get back on top and an own goal by the Castletown captain left the halftime scoreline 1-06 to 1-04 in favour of the home side. Teams traded scores early in the second half but the sending off of Jack O'Leary for two yellow cards saw the north county men make good use of the numerical advantage to run out victorious on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-08.

The St Fintan's intermediate football team got a great boost on the day when star player Jim Rossitter returned to the playing field following a serious leg injury to line out in the full back position for the Wexford senior football team in a Bord Na Mona O'Byrne cup rd one game versus Westmeath played in unpleasant conditions. Jim was described as a tower of strength and will surely be an ever present in Paul Galvins selections during the coming season.

Thank You

A huge thank you to everyone who supported the recent 'Scrap Saturday' fundraiser.

A grand total of €2,500 was made which was split evenly between the club and Ballycogley community hall. Many thanks to John William Rowe and Frank Staples for coordinating the collection.

Our Lady's Island

Tacumshane Christmas Concert

The first ever Christmas Concert in St Catherine's Church will take place this Wednesday, December 18, at 8 p.m., featuring, Paul Rossiter, George Lawlor and Guests, Tickets €15 available from O'Doherty's Londis, Lady's Island Coffee Shop, Meyler's Millhouse. Contact Ann at 087 2427247, Paul 089 2283406. Refreshments afterwards in the Old School. A great night of music and song to celebrate Christmas.

St Stephen's Day Swim

The annual St Stephen's Day Swim takes place at Carne Beach (near pier) 11.30 a.m. Registration and start time midday Proceeds to Our Lady's Island NS Hot chocolate/tea coffee and treats afterwards to Warn the cockles of all the brave swimmers. Contact Geraldine for Sponsorship Cards 053 9131113. Walk-ons and supporters welcome on the day too.

Book on Forth and Bargy Dialect

Sascha Santschi-Cooney's newly published book on the Forth and Bargy dialect is now available in O'Doherty's Londis, Lady's Island, the Wexford Book Centre, Red Books in St Peter's Square, and the National Heritage Park. It is also available for purchase from Sascha, Carne, himself or James Maloney, Lady's Island. The launch will not take till the New Year.

Remembrance Christmas Tree

This year the Christmas Tree in the church grounds will be for remembering our loved ones at Christmas, home or abroad, unwell or deceased. Personalised wooden ornaments to hang on the tree will be available to purchase for €5 in the community centre on Sat. And Sunday after Mass and in Gift Shop Prayers for the names on the tree will be offered at Mass on Saturday, December 21, 7 p.m. For more information contact Teresa at 087 0541606.

Split-the-pot

Congratulations to Jacinta Byrne on winning €94 in last week's split-the-pot draw. Envelopes available in O'Dohertys, Meylers and Rosslare HbrPost office. Draw takes place in Community Hall after Sunday Mass.

Community Coffee Shop

We are open every Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. 5 p.m..and look forward to you joining us for the cuppa and chat.

Change of Date

The ICA Christmas Dinner in the Lobster Pot has been moved from Thursday to Friday, December 20, at 6.30 p.m.

St Paul's AC

The winter league was held over three evenings in November at the Track in Enniscorthy. We had large numbers competing over the three rounds with some great performances the overall results were St Paul's' boys third the girls fifth and a sixth place finish for the club overall. Congratulations and well done to all, a special thank you to all parents, guardians and coaches who made the trip to Enniscorthy each evening. Full results of each round are on our Facebook page.

Monday, December 16, will be our last evening before Christmas and we will have our Christmas party and winter League Medal presentation night and fun activities with Johnny at 5.30 p.m.

We are taking a break for Christmas for all groups and will see you all in again in January 2020.

Tagoat

St Mary's CE Scheme

St Mary's Day Care Centre has a number of vacancies on their Community Employment Scheme. Should you wish to apply you need to be at least one year in receipt of Department of Social Protection payment.

The positions are: Bus Assistant, Kitchen Assistant and Floor Assistant, if interested call Jon at 053 9132624 for further information. Scheme starts on Monday, February 3, 2020.

St Mary's Day Care

The patrons and staff had an absolutely lovely day out on Wednesday of last week. We all went to Coast Hotel Rosslare for afternoon tea and it was the most scrumptious afternoon tea every tasted, we are still talking about it. A big thanks to all in the Coast Hotel.

Our next fundraiser is fast approaching, the 'Christmas Day Swim' so if there is anyone out there who is brave enough to swim for us, please contact us at 053 9132624 or if you just want to donate to this fundraiser we would be delighted and very appreciative.

Wexford People