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Ashley Geary, Tony Geary, Ann Geary, Hannah Durden and Amy Geary enjoying New Year’s Eve in The Sky and The Ground

Ashley Geary, Tony Geary, Ann Geary, Hannah Durden and Amy Geary enjoying New Year’s Eve in The Sky and The Ground

Ashley Geary, Tony Geary, Ann Geary, Hannah Durden and Amy Geary enjoying New Year’s Eve in The Sky and The Ground

Ballymurn: Dates for your diary - Ballymurn Fun Run: January 26. Confirmation: March 3. First Communion: May 16.

Clothes collection

Oylegate-Glenbrien camogie club are holing a clothes collection fundraiser. We would appreciate any unwanted men's, women's, children's clothes, blankets, curtains, handbags, belts and paired shoes. No wet clothing, duvets or pillows.

Collection points are as follows. Oylegate community centre: Friday, January 10, and 17 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ballymurn Hall: Friday, January 10, and 17 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Old Hall Oylegate Village: Tuesday morning, January 14, from 8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

Notes for paper

Anyone wishing to submit notes for the paper, please send them to ballymurnnotes@hotmail.com before 9 p.m. on the Thursday night. It is a great way of letting people in our community know whats taking place in our community and it's free. Thank you


GAA notes

Inch Road Nigglers won the 2019 Michael Murphy Parish League in one of the most exciting Parish Leagues yet. The Fenians still yet to win a game, looked on course to lost to the Heroes after Shane O'Learys goal in the first half but a Mossy Murphy goal right before half time had the Heroes leading by three. The Fenians though looking for revenge for a defeat to the Heroes for the past two years in a row started the second half at blistering pace and were ahead going into the final five minutes. But that all changed when Mossy broke free yet again and placed a lovely handpass to his brother Ollie, who pulled to an empty net. The final score was 2-07 to 1-06 in the end.

The second game like the first was exciting up to the finish between Inch Road Nigglers and Island Rangers. The Rangers were four points to one up at half time and looked confortable but the Nigglers fought back well to end the game a draw. The Rangers were guilty of missing a chance just before the end to win. For a second year in a row, a semi was decided by a free taking competition with the Nigglers coming out on top. So the Rangers like the Fenians also still waiting for a victory in the competition.

The final was a thrilling one with the Heroes leading 4-1 at half time but the Nigglers had a wind in the second period. Free taking was the order of the day with both Pad and Dean Wright keeping the scoreboard ticking over. The Heroes edged in front with six left which meant the Nigglers needed something special. They won a free on the 35 yard line and Dean Wright stepped up and drilled a low ball past a number of bodies into the goal. Darren Byrne followed this up with an exceptional point from near the sideline while further scores from Dean Wright and Niall McLoughlin caused the upset with the pre-tournament favourites losing their title. Final score was 1-09 to Nigglers and 0-07 to the Heroes.

The annual Christmas Day swim took place at Ballinesker Beach. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Our intermediate and junior b hurlers are back in training under the careful eye of the manager James Donoghue. Here's hoping to a successful 2020.

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.



The recent church gate collection taken up at Crossabeg church on behalf of Co. Wexford Community Workshop amounted to €250. Grateful thanks to all who supported so generously.

Training resumed

Indoor athletic training for the juvenile members of St Killian's AC resumed last week in Crossabeg school. The younger age groups train from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. every Monday evening and all older ages train from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. every Monday and Thursday evening. New members are most welcome.

Penny Bank

The Crossabeg-Ballymurn GAA Club Penny Bank resumes for business for 2020 this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 11, and 12. Over €175,000 was collected last year and the club wish to thank all who supported them. The Penny Bank is open to all, new and present members and the usual collectors are in your area.

Notes for column

Keep those notes coming in. Email to redcow2@eircom.net or text Anne at 086 1980775. Notes should be emailed or texted or phoned in by Thursday evening of each week for inclusion the following week. Many thanks to all clubs and individuals who contacted me with news items during the past year. A very happy New Year to all readers. All the very best for 2020.


Recent bereavements

It was with profound sadness that the parishioners of Oulart heard of the death of Mrs Maureen Wade, Oulartwick, who passed to her eternal reward on New Year's Eve, in Morecambe, Lancashire. The sympathy of the community is extended to her grieving husband Jimmy, daughter Jane Bailey, son-in-law Graham, two grandchildren, Emma and Sophie, three great-grandchildren, extended family and a wide circle of friends.

Living in Oulart for more than 40 years, Maureen and master-thatcher Jimmy were the proprietors of the famous Sumobi Kennels, from where their Italian Greyhounds were prize-winners at all the leading Dog Shows at home and abroad. Maureen was also a respected judge on the canine circuit. The late Maureen and her husband Jimmy were leading players in Oulart Pantomimes down through the years and they also unselfishly lent their creative talents to the making of props. They were greatly respected and very valued members of the Oulart community and will be sorely missed.

Maureen's funeral will take place in Morecambe on January 15. The family have requested no flowers please. Donations if desired to St John's Hospice, Morecambe. Solas na bh.

Flaitheas dá hanam

Sincere condolences are extended also to the relatives and friends of the late Kathleen 'Kit' Burke, née Kinsella, formerly Raheenaskeagh, Oulart, daughter of the late Philip and Annie Kinsella, who passed away peacefully, in Manchester on New Year's Eve 2019. Ar dheis lámh Dé go raibh a hanam.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Tuesday Eucharistic Adoration in St Mochua's Chapel, Oulart will re-commence on January 7.

Baptisms in Oulart 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.

Birthday celebrations

The very popular John Stamp celebrated his 60th birthday recently, in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh, surrounded by family, friends and former hurling team-mates. Instead of birthday presents, John requested that a donation be made to help the Hope Centre with its very valuable work. The grand total of €2968.46 was generously donated and has been presented to the Enniscorthy - based charity. John would like to sincerely thank all who contributed to making his 60th birthday such a wonderful occasion and he extends a special thank-you to Bob's Bar for hosting the very enjoyable party.

GAA Club lotto

The winning numbers for the lotto draw for Monday, December 22, were 1, 9, 13 and 29. The Bonus Number was 18. There was no winner. The five Luck Dip winners to receive €30 each were Paul Hayes, Anne Nolan, Nell Kirwan, Mary Graham and Mary O'Connor. The Prize Fund stands at €15,000. The next draw will take place on Monday, January 6. Book of six costs €10. Book of 12 for €20. Thank you to everyone who supported the lotto last year and we hope that the same support will continue for 2020.

GAA and camogie clubs

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club and camogie club wish all members, players, team officials and supporters a prosperous and happy New Year and would like to thank everyone for their efforts, commitment and support during 2019 and we look forward to the same level of support in 2020. We congratulate the underage section on the successes of last year look forward with confidence to the approaching playing season.

Local notes

If you want coverage of your organisation, club or family's important occasions or successes please contact your Local Correspondent, Breda Jacob by phone, text (086 1686978) or email mickjacobjr@yahoo.co.uk no later than the Thursday prior to publication.

Over the Water

Development lotto

results of the Curracloe United Development lotto for Sunday, December 29, The numbers drawn were 3, 4, 7 and 17. There was no jackpot winner and three match-three winners who each received €50, Catherine McGuire, Ballina, Curracloe; John, c/o Shane and Eoin Murphy, Ballinamorragh Curracloe. Curracloe United lotto committee would like to wish all its sellers and supporters a very happy and prosperous new year.

Shelmalier GAA lotto

results of lotto draw held on December 23 the numbers drawn were 8, 15, 16 and 31. There was no jackpot winner and two match-three winners who each received €100, the Murphy grandchildren; and Michael Byrne. The next draw takes place this week. Wishing all club players and members a happy new year. Thanks to everyone for their support throughout 2019.


Partners 45 cards will resume in Hotel Curracloe on Thursday, January 9, at 9 p.m. There is an open draw and all are welcome. To qualify for the Easter final you must have played a minimum of six nights. Wishing all customers a happy new year.

News items

News items such as weddings, anniversaries, notices of meetings, sports results etc are most welcome. Email items to redcow2@eircom.net or text to 086 1980775 by Thursday evening of each week.

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