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Around the districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Bree-Galbally, Glenbrien, Oylegate, Taghmon-Camross


Peter Busher and Angela Moran enjoying the Night at the Opera in Wygram Nursing Home

Peter Busher and Angela Moran enjoying the Night at the Opera in Wygram Nursing Home

Peter Busher and Angela Moran enjoying the Night at the Opera in Wygram Nursing Home

Ballymurn: Couch to 5K - Don't forget the Couch to 5K programme continues every Wednesday evening in Oylegate GAA pitch at 7.15pm. Beginners running group and walkers group. Everyone welcome and its free.

Parish Gathering

The Ballymurn Parish gathering will take place on Sunday, November 24, in Ballymurn Hall commencing at 4 p.m. with Mass.

GAA club lotto results

Numbers in last draw 3, 15, 20 and 30. No winner. Match-three winner Marty O'Connor. Next jackpot €10,000. Tickets available from club members or online,


Congratulations to Wexford woman Hallie (Haley Marie) who was the winner of the Golden Discs 'Golden Busker' competition in Kilkenny recently and also to Jonathon Hayes, Ballymurn, who accompanied her on guitar.

Happy birthday

Congratulations to Tommy O'Connor Ballylucas, who celebrated his 21st birthday recently.

Ballymurn Fighter

Castlebridge Physiotherapy have named Ballymurn Kickboxer David Dooley as their Sports Ambassador of 2019. He qualified for the WKC World Championships in Buffalo New York representing Ireland. Best wishes to him and his teammates and his coach Robert Sludds.

Vintage Club road run

Over the Water Vintage Club held a Road Run on Sunday, October 13. This run was to fundraiser for the Lourdes Pilgrimage Trust Group 94 - Children and Young Adults. The amount raised was €2,810.

The success of that run was due in no small measure to the other Vintage Club members who participated and also to the tremendous local voluntary support which assisted with the Catering, sponsorship of prizes, Road Stewards, and the many other aspects of our Road Runs. a sincere thank you to everyone concerned.

Pioneer News

The Ferns Diocescan Pioneer Council will hold their annual dinner dance in the Riverside Park hotel Enniscorthy on Friday, November 22. This will be preceded by Mass in the same venue at 7.15 p.m., celebrated by Fr Robert Maguire, Spirtual Director.


Tidy Town AGM

The Blackwater Tidy Town AGM will take place on Monday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in the Blackwater Lodge.

Active Retirement

The Active Retirement AGM is on Tuesday, December 10, at 2.30 p.m. in the Lodge, election of officers, refreshments and music. All members are encouraged to attend. Christmas dinner in the Lodge on Saturday, December 14, cost of meal (four course) €20. Please bring a spot prize to value of €5. Those interested in attending, please contact Kate on{087} 2840457 before December 4 please.

Community craft day

Crafters get ready. The date for this year's community craft day in Blackwater is Sunday, November 24. If you're interested in taking a table contact Yvonne through the Blackwater Lodge. We are always looking for new and exciting products but we welcome the artists who continue to support our craft day each year. Book your table early.

GAA Notes

Unfortunately the under-15 footballers fell at the final hurdle in what was a very brilliant performance against a very strong St Mary's team by two points. The lads fell behind on a number of occasions but never gave up much like the semi-final and nearly snuck it in the end.

We were 1-2 to no score down before we got our first goal, Jimmy Whelan making the break through. Marys though were five up at the half time whistle. This team though has brilliant resilience and amazingly were level with just three minutes gone, the hero of the semi-final Jamie Lambert getting the goal. Marys started to pile on the pressure and goaled again with 10 minutes gone. Yet again our lads wouldn't lie down and 10 minutes left we were five down but Eugene soloed through the heart of the defence to slot low to the bottom corner. Joe Rossiter caught the kick out and pointed to leave just a minimum between the sides. Rosslare moved that out to two with just a few minutes left before we were unlucky in the dying seconds when a through ball to Jimmy Whelan creeped just that bit too far and was under pressure kicking along the ground but his goal bound shot was cleared off the line.

So the lads lost out but really they have a great never say die attitude and I'm sure a trophy lies just around the corner for this bunch.

The adult club AGM takes place on Sunday, November 24, at midday in the parish hall. Nomination forms will be out to club members shortly.

The indoor arena is currently available for booking for the winter. Contact Lar Leacy to book 087 9162609.

25 years ago this week, we won our first ever Rackard League defeating Taghmon 1-2 to 0-4. The team was Paul O'Leary, Colm Gahan, David Curran, Michael Curran, Declan 'Juice' Sinnott, Joe Walsh, Jonathan Mooney, Paul Murphy, Eoin Byrne, Thomas Breen, David Gray, Declan O'Leary, Graham Ruttledge, John Murphy, Patrick Cullen, Joe Murphy, Damian Walsh, Paul Leacy, Denis Carroll, Stephen Wildes, Anthony Roche, Lar Whelan, Wayne O'Connor, and Kevin Murphy.

Any news?

Would everyone connected with groups, asssociation etc in the Blackwater Parish please consider putting up notifications in the local newspaper. We are one of the few parishes that dont keep everyone informed of events, results of draws, enrollments upcoming and important events.

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.


Draughts and Chess

Draughts and Chess classes take place in Bree Community Centre from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. on Tuesday nights. All children from the parishes of Bree, Davidstown and Cloughbawn under-eight to 15 years are welcome to come along. Cost is €2 per child to a max of €5 per family.

Bree Parish Journal

Preparations are under way for this year's edition of Bree Parish Journal. All clubs and organisations in the parish are asked to have a report of their activities over the past two years ready as soon as possible. The committee is also looking for photographs particularly of groups of people from times past as well as items suitable for publication pertaining to places or people of the area including notable family celebrations. All items to be advised to Jim and Clare Doyle, Garranstackle. Phone 053 9247706 or email jamcsdoyle@eircom.net.

Christmas Craft Fair

Galbally Community Centre, will host a Christmas Craft Fair on Sunday, November 24from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lots of local crafters will be in attendance with almost 20 tables already booked in with numerous gift ideas from a variety of vendors. Come and enjoy the Christmas atmosphere, bring the kids to see Santa, and meet friends and neighbours while supporting your local community centre. Some tables still available. For enquiries please call or text 087 2319219.

Active Retirement

The November social of Bree ARA takes place in Bree Community Centre on Wednesday, November 20, Please bring your raffle tickets to this meeting. We wish the bowling teams every success in the County League. The Christmas lunch is on in the Riverside Park Hotel on Thursday, December 19, at 1 p.m. All enquiries to 086 0747823.


Sincere sympathy to the husband, daughters, relations and friends of Gertie Doyle, Ballybrennan, who died recently. Her funeral Mass took place in Galbally on Monday of last week. Bree Bingo Bingo continues Tuesdays at 9 p.m. in Byrnes of Bree. Books are €10 on the night and €2 bonus sheets are available.

Bree NS enrolments

Scoil Seosaimh Naofa, Bree are currently seeking expressions of interest for Junior Infant enrolments for September 2020. If you wish to place your child's name on the enrolment list, please contact Melissa at reception 053 9247725 or email secretary@breens.ie enrolment packs will be forwarded to successful applicants in the Spring term of 2020. We are also seeking information for future enrolments from 2021 onwards. Again, if interested, please contact school as above.

Indoor Athletics

Indoor Athletic Training has resumed in Bree Community Centre on Thursdays at 7 p.m. for five- to 11-year-olds and from 7.45 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Bree Athletic Club members. Cost is €2 per child to max of €5 per family.

Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes continue in Bree Community Centre with Grace Reddington on Thursday mornings from 10.15 a.m. to 11.45 a.m. Please bring your own mat. Cost is €10.


Parish draw

October winners in Glenbrien Parish draw: First prize Jack Redmond; €40 each to Joan Kavanagh, Arnie and Anne Quinsey, Joan Doyle and Joe O'Connor.

Date for your Diary

On Friday, November 22, The BC Blues Band will play at O'Briens Inn of Glenbrien, with all proceeds going to Holy Family PS Doors open at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are €10 and available from School, O'Brien's Inn or message the PA page. Door Prize on the night, all tickets entered (if you are kindly supporting but can't make it on the night, make sure to put your contact details on the ticket). Finger Food kindly provided by O'Brien's Inn to all.


Craft Fair 2019

The annual Craft Fair will be held in Oylegate Community Centre on Sunday, November 17, from 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Tables €20 each. Exhibitors from Oylegate and Glenbrien parish will be given first preference. A certain number of tables will be assigned for TY students Mini-Companies and again first preference will be given to students from Oylegate and Glenbrien, who should book before November 8. To book a table please phone 087 6617527.

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.

Baby and Toddler Group

The baby and Toddler Group gathers every Tuesday (Term-Time) in Glenbrien Old School Centre from 9.30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This is an opportunity for young children and their carers (parents/grandparents/childminders) to meet. For more information, Contact Claire Atkinson 087 1373579. Looking forward to seeing you there for a cuppa, a chat and a play.

Bingo In Mernaghs

The bingo in Mernaghs is now being run to raise much needed funds for the local Tidy Towns, bingo commences at 9.15 on a Thursday night and all support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.

Local Link Wexford

Local Link Wexford provides secure, reliable and affordable transport for the rural communities of County Wexford. Services are open to everyone and all ages. The services will accommodate those attending appointments, shopping etc. An information booklet together with timetable is available at the back of the church.


What's on in TAG

Tuesday: Yoga, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bingo, 8 p.m. Doors open at 7.30 p.m.

Wednesday: Pilates, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Forever Fit 50+, 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. Jive/Quickstep with Paul, 8 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Thursday: Drama Classes, 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Irish Dancing, 6.10 p.m. to 7.10 p.m. Line Dancing, 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday: Chiropodist, first Friday of every month. Next visit - Friday, December 6.

Counselling Service: Mona 085 1083539.

GAA club news

The Coiste na nÓg annual review will take place on November 18 at 7.30 p.m.

There was no winner of the club lotto draw last Tuesday night and the next draw takes place tonight. The jackpot will remain at €14,000 till we get a winner but the reserve jackpot will keep going up while we wait. It's now up to €4,100. Please encourage any family or friends living away from the area to support the draw through the online Taghmon-Camross page on the Klub

Funder website. The deadline for online sales is at 6.30 on draw night and the minimum spend on the online system is €6. Tickets can also be bought at the centre or from usual outlets.

There are a number of other fundraisers also coming up soon and your support would be greatly appreciated. Another concert is being lined up for the community centre on Saturday, November 30. Big Generator will be playing live at the centre and tickets will cost €10. Our camogie club are running a fundraiser in collaboration with the Hope Cancer Foundation. Tickets will be on sale around the village and the draw will take place on December 1.

Finally a poker night is being lined up for Friday, December 6, Keep an eye on social media for further details of social events and the club AGM over the coming weeks.

Wexford People