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Around the districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Crossabeg, Oulart, Over The Water


Imelda Hogan, Steve Hogan and Emma Noonan who took part in the Ferrycarrig 5K road race in aid of Crossabeg Ballymurn Community Centre

Imelda Hogan, Steve Hogan and Emma Noonan who took part in the Ferrycarrig 5K road race in aid of Crossabeg Ballymurn Community Centre

Imelda Hogan, Steve Hogan and Emma Noonan who took part in the Ferrycarrig 5K road race in aid of Crossabeg Ballymurn Community Centre

Ballymurn: Ferrycarrig Five - We would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual Ferrycarrig Five Mile road race, we were delighted with the huge turnout of runners and walkers from all around the county and beyond.

We had a great mix of running talent from athletic clubs, running groups and individuals.

Special thanks to our main sponsor Sheridan Insurances and to all our sponsors and Ferrycarig Park for use of their facilities. As always this wouldn't be possible without the help of a huge number of volunteers who gave up their weekend to prepare in advance and ensure everything went smoothly on the day. These events are a huge undertaking and we are extremely lucky with the fantastic community spirit we have in Crossabeg-Ballymurn. Preparations are already under way for Ferrycarrig Five 2021.

Vintage Club AGM

The annual general meeting of the Over the Water Vintage Club will take place on Wednesday, January 15, at 8 p.m. in the club room of Ballymurn Hall. Members and intending members please attend.

Community Workshop Collection

We would like to thank everyone that supported the collection in aid of Enniscorthy community Workshop. A total of €160 was collected. Thank you for your generosity.

Deepest sympathy

Deepest sympathy is extended to Margeurite, Micheál, Ady and Leah Scallan Ballykelly and, CJ Murphy and Rachel Kehoe Ballymurn on the death of their mother Mary Murphy Ballymurn and to her brother Mog and sister Bernie. May she rest in peace.

GAA Club lotto results

Numbers drawn were 6, 10, 17 and 19. No winner, Match 3s, Micheál A Doyle, Cristin McDonald. Next jackpot €10,000

Dates for your diary

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


Active Retirement

Active Retirement are hosting a 'meet and greet' afternoon on Monday, January 20, at 2.30 p.m. in the parish hall. All members, and those interested in joining, are most welcome to attend. An afternoon of chat, music and refreshments for all. annual membership fees of €20 payable on the day.

Modern jive classes

There are modern jive classes starting in Blackwater parish hall each Wednesday beginning on January 15. 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.

GAA notes

Ger Corrigan has been ratified as Junior B hurling manager for the year ahead, ably assisted by Brian Curran and Eddie Rowe. Best of luck to the lads.

Tomas Murphy played corner forward with St Peter's in there four point defeat against St Kieran's in the Senior A championship recently.

There was no winner of the recent lotto with the jackpot of €15,000. Lucky-dip winners were Owen Murphy, Declan O'Leary, Eabha Murphy, Rita Murphy and the seller's prize Bridie Gordon. Next draw in Oulart on January 20.


There willlbe an information and registration night for all Blackwater scout sections this Friday January 17 at 8 p.m. There will be a short presentation and a quick video followed by teas and biscuits.We currently have spaces in cubs,scouts and ventures, we are taking names for our beaver section for this coming September, We are also looking for new leaders in all sections, full training will be provided.If you would like to help but don't have time feel free to sign up to help out new parents and friends group that will also be setup on the night.

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.


Annual general meeting

The annual general meeting of the Over the Water Vintage club will take place in Ballymurn hall this Wednesday, January 15, at 8 p.m. Existing members and newcomers are most welcome.


We send our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Maeve Mythen (née Fitzpatrick) Newcastle, Crossabeg, who died on Thursday, January 2, Maeve had been battling illness for some time but yet her death came as quite a shock to her family and friends.

Her remains reposed at Mulligans funeral home on Saturday, January 3, with removal on Sunday to Crossabeg church for Requiem Mass. Burial took place afterwards to the adjoining cemetery.

To her husband Mike, daughter Tina, sister Maria, brothers Michael and Jimmy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, relatives and friends, we extend our condolences. She was also predeceased by her late brother junior. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Ferrycarrig 5 Road Race

There was a huge turnout of walkers and runners from around the county and beyond for the annual and ever popular Ferrycarrig 5 Road Race which took place on Sunday, January 5.

The Crossabeg-Ballymurn community centre committee wish to extend their deep appreciation and thanks to their main Sponsors Sheridan Insurance and other generous sponsors and to Ferrycarrig Park for the use of their facilities.

As always, they said, the event could not have been possible without the assistance of the many volunteers who gave up their weekend to prepare in advance. There was a marvellous community spirit, from the committee members to the stewards, to the parking attendants, race officials and those providing food and helping out with post race refreshments. Preparations are already under way for the 2021 event.

St Killian's AC news

After a years break, the popular Ferrycarrig five Road Race was back this year and St Killian's Athletic Club was proud to be associated with such a fantastic event. The race was well supported with 350 competitors heading off round the roads of Crossabeg. St Killian's club was well represented in the race by the senior athletes.

The race was won by Ger Forde from the Slaney Olympic club, who won both the Road and Cross Country events in 2019 as well as a national Novice bronze medal. He came home in a time of 25 minutes 11 seconds.

St Killian's own Niall Sheil came home in second place in a time of 26 minutes 08sec. Brian O'Shaughnessy battled hard and was rewarded with 28th place in a time of 31 minutes 05sec.

John Egan is going from strength to strength and was next home in a time of 32 minutes 39sec in 33rd place. Chris McCarthy was hot on his heels in 36th place in a time of 32min 57 sec with Séamus Harding finishing in a time of 33 minutes 26 sec. The senior ladies, fresh from their marathon exploits, also performed well with Tara Jarvis home in a time of 43 minutes 31 sec and Gail Kavanagh home in a time of 48 minutes.

Pilates classes

New Pilates classes will start 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 as well as Clinical Pilates. She has additional qualifications in Pregnancy, Back Pain and Older people pilates. You can contact her at 086 8122535 for further information.


Christmas Draw results

Oulart Parish Christmas Draw was a great success as usual and the following were the prize-winners: Sophie Donohoe, Monavullen, Ross O'Grady, Ballincash, David Bury, Wicklow, Róisín Sinnott, Ballymurry, Ciarán Redmond, Monavullen, Nicola Doyle, Glenranny, Aidan Finn, Kilcormack, Nathan Furlong, Derry, The Ballagh, Thomas Buttle, Ballinahoun, Anthony Kehoe, Raheenaskeagh, Annie Davis, Meadowbrook, Mick Davis, Clondaw.

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.

Eucharistic Adoration

The Eucharistic Adoration in St Mochua's Chapel, Oulart re-commenced on January 7 and will continue each Tuesday from 9.30 a.m. till 5 p.m.

Community Centre AGM

Oulart Community Centre will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, January 27, beginning at 8.30 p.m.

Get well wishes

Best wishes for a speedy return to full health to all Oulart residents who are sick or recovering from treatment at home or in hospital. For privacy and security reasons names of the sick will not be published in these Local Notes unless requested by themselves or their family. Nevertheless, be assured that they are remembered in our prayers.

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.

Thank You

Co. Wexford Community Workshop would like to say a big thank you to all who contributed to the recent church gate collection in Oulart. €234.50 was collected. The support of the parish is greatly appreciated by this local charity.

Over the Water


Partners 45 cards have resumed in Hotel Curracloe. They take place every Thursday night at 9 p.m. There is an open draw and players are most welcome. You must play six nights to qualify for the Easter draw.

Development Lotto

The numbers drawn in the Curracloe United AFC development draw for Sunday, January 5, were 5, 15, 19 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and five match-three winners who each received €30, Seán Doyle, Barnahask, Curracloe; George Monahan, Galbally, Curracloe; Robbie Staples, Galbally, Curracloe and Marian Chaney, c/o Curracloe Tavern.


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.

PILATES IN CASTLEBRIDGE - Pilates classes with Debbie starting in Castlebridge community centre on Saturday at 11 a.m. Debbie's contact number is 086 8122535.

Split the pot

Recent split-the-pot winners of the draw held at Curracloe national school were Jess and Bernice Murphy, who won €151. Envelopes are on sale in local shops and businesses in the parish. The next draw takes place this Wednesday, January 15.

Annual general meeting

The Over the Water Vintage Club will hold their annual general meeting this Wednesday night, January 15, at 8.15 p.m in Ballymurn hall. Existing and new members are most welcome.

Bridge drama

Bridge Drama presents 'Men Should Weep' by Ena Lamont Stewart and directed by Trish Doyle in the National Opera House from January 29 to January 31 inclusive, nightly at 8 p.m. Tickets cost €15/€12 and are available from www.nationaloperahouse.ie or call 053 9122144. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Items welcome

News items such as meeting notices, engagements, births, sports reports etc are most welcome. Text to Anne at 086 1980775 or email to redcow2@eircom.net. All items must be submitted by Thursday nights for inclusion in the following paper on Tuesdays.

Wexford People