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Dean O’Connor and Philip Clancy enjoying the Special Olympics Christmas party in Murrintown Community Centre

Dean O’Connor and Philip Clancy enjoying the Special Olympics Christmas party in Murrintown Community Centre

Dean O’Connor and Philip Clancy enjoying the Special Olympics Christmas party in Murrintown Community Centre

Ballymurn: Church notices - Christmas Confession on Tuesday, December 17, at 7.30pm. Mass on Christmas Eve 24th at 9pm. Mass Christmas Day at 10am. Crossabeg Confessions on Monday night, December 23, at 7.30pm.

Mass on Christmas Eve at 11 p.m. Mass Christmas Day at 11.15 a.m.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards in aid of Ballymurn Church are on sale in Doyle's Daybreak Ballymurn. Please support this worthy cause.

Ballymurn NS

Our Christmas Carol Service will take place on Thursday, December 19, in Ballymurn Parish Church at 7 p.m. All classes will participate and all are welcome to attend.

GAA Club news

Lotto results: numbers drawn were 1, 10, 23 and 25; no jackpot winner, Match-three winners Miriam Murphy, Mo O'Brien. Next draw December 18 jackpot €10,000.

Our members are currently selling the GAA national club draw tickets. Great prizes for just €10. All ticket proceeds go to the selling club. So please support.

Blackwater

Songbook and CD now available

Songs of sea tragedies, hurling matches and local heroes are among the tracks on a new double audio CD which accompanies the 72-page songbook 'By Land and Sea - Songs of Blackwater and Beyond' which was officially launched in the Blackwater Lodge Hotel on December 1.

This compilation of songs, recitations and poetry from the Blackwater area and its immediate environs were collected by local ballad enthusiasts during 2019 under the watchful eye of traditional singer and traditional arts specialist, Aileen Lambert, Project Facilitator.

The project features 27 individuals performing 33 separate songs and recitations.

The project was supported by the Wayside Players Drama Group and Wexford County Council Arts Department via the Creative Communities Scheme.

The songbook and double CD is now available from Suttons Supermarket, Blackwater and the Trading Post, Ballinamona, The Ballagh at a cost of €15. Alternatively contact Aileen Lambert at 087 7552593 to receive a copy by post or send to a relative for Christmas.

Crossabeg

Fundraising coffee morning

A most successful and enjoyable coffee morning and sale of Christmas cakes, puddings, mince pies, jams, etc together with vegetables, firewood and wreaths took place at Kyle Forge on Saturday, December 7, Organised by local lady Annis Kehoe, all proceeds from same will go to the local Crossabeg-Ballymurn Community centre development at Garrywilliam, Crossabeg. The Forge was most welcoming with a roaring fire and plenty of cups of tea or coffee on the go together with fancy cakes and buns.

Business got under way by 9.45 a.m. and continued unabated for the next three hours or so. During the morning, raffle tickets were also on sale with lots of good prizes on offer. Thanks are extended to all who helped out in any way, those who catered for all the guests, those who generously provided items for sale on the day, those who attended and bought so generously, and also supported the raffle.

Annis is also to be commended for the many hours spent baking and getting everything prepared for the occasion. It was a formidable undertaking, but one that Annis has down to a fine art. Well done, Annis.

The community centre committee also were appreciative of Annis's efforts and her generosity in donating all funds to their fundraising campaign.

Raffle winners included Michael Kehoe, parish priest Fr Jim Finn, John Forde, Kate Kenny, Josie Redmond, Fionnuala Foley, Catherine Bermingham, Oran Caulfield, Margaret O'Leary, Dor O'Connor, Margaret Wilson, Rhona Reck, Myrtle Roberts, Billy Sweetman, Mary McDonald, Anna Sullivan, John Meagher, Sarah Kenny, Duireann McDonald, Eoin McDonald, Finn Roslan, Peadar O'Connor, James Murphy, Aoibhin Busher, Mary Foley, Mairead Devaney, Anne Cowman.

Engagement

We send our congratulations and best wishes to Eoin McDonald, The Friary, Crossabeg and Mairead Devaney, a native of Tipperary, who announced their engagement recently.

Confessions/Mass times

Confessions for Christmas will take place in Ballymurn church on Tuesday, December 17, at 7.30 p.m and in Crossabeg church on Monday, December 23, at 7.30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Ballymurn church at 9 p.m. and Mass on Christmas Day is at 10 a.m. Christmas Eve Mass in Crossabeg church will be celebrated at 11 p.m and Mass on Christmas Day will be celebrated at 11.15 a.m.

Christmas party

Ferrycarrig hotel was most festive and welcoming on Sunday evening, December 8, when the annual Christmas party for the senior members of the community took place. Over 90 guests and the committee members sat down to a lovely dinner served up by the staff of the hotel.

Following the meal the guests were treated to some lovely renditions of Christmas carols and other songs by the children's choir from Crossabeg national school and relaxed and enjoyed each others company for some time afterwards. The honour of cutting the cake went to Rev Arthur Minnion and parish priest Fr Jim Finn.

The organising committee wish to thank most sincerely the management and staff of the Ferrycarrig hotel for the warm welcome extended to their guests and the wonderful meal served up; to all who contributed so generously to their fundraising raffle and gave generous donations for the raffle, to Philip Kennedy, principal of Crossabeg national school for arranging for the children's choir to attend the event, to their parents and to Ms Niamh Cullen, who conducted the choir on the night. All in all a very enjoyable occasion for everyone. Table raffle winners included Patricia Byrne, Susan Minnion, Kathleen Hayes, Catherine Berney, Fr Jim Finn, Patricia McDonald, Seán Redmond, Josie Redmond.

The winners of the parish raffle included Jess Lindsay, Josie Redmond, Lisa Nolan, Pat Gately, Margaret Ennis, Kiara Lacey, Pat Lacey, Hannah O'Leary, Charlotte Cloney, Mary Gilbert, Ella O'Connor, Lar O'Leary, Bernie O'Connor, Wattle Carley, Patricia McDonald, Lily Maguire, Lauren Barry, Áine Neville, Paddy Neville, Joseph Kehoe, Tom Fortune, Pat Dillon, Miriam Kehoe, Michael Daly, Avril Murphy, Christine McDonald, Mary Leahy, Lorna McDonald, Dorcas Maher, Angela McDonald, Margaret Kehoe.

Over the Water

Christmas Coffee Day

The Porter House in Castlebridge will hold their annual Coffee Day tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18, from 11 a.m. till 7 p.m. All the usual treats on the day plus a super raffle. All proceeds to Castlebridge Day Care centre. Your support would be much appreciated.

The organisers will also have their Christmas Bingo the same night starting at 9.30 p.m. There will be a large jackpot, with loads of spot prizes and 'Sit Beside Me' prizes. Live music as well by John Kenny and Pam Rossiter. This is a night not to be missed.

Split-the-pot

Congratulations to the winner of the recent split-the-pot draw in aid of Curracloe national school, Tracey Lawlor, who won €119.50c. Envelopes are on sale in all the local Curracloe businesses as well as the school costing €2 for one draw, six draws for €10 or 12 draws for €20. The last draw for this year takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 18.

Christmas Mass Times

The following are the times of Masses in the Screen/Curracloe and Castlebridge churches over Christmas. Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in Curracloe church at 6 p.m; in Screen church at 7.30 p.m. and in Castlebridge church at 9 p.m.

Christmas Day Mass will be celebrated in Curracloe church at 9.15 a.m; in Castlebridge church at 10.30 a.m. and in Screen church at 11.30 a.m.

Curracloe school news

On Wednesday, December 11, Curracloe Music Group visited Wygram Nursing Home to perform for the residents and wish to thank all in Wygram for the hospitality and warm welcome. They were also very happy to perform in Hotel Curracloe for the annual Castlebridge Christmas party on Sunday, December 15.

The school will hold their Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 18, at 1 p.m and all are welcome to attend. School calendars for 2020 are available to buy from the school office and cost €8 each, two for €15 or three for €20.

Thanks are extended to Simon Donohoe, who visited the school on Thursday, December 12, with the Bob O'Keeffe Cup.

The staff wish to thank all who have supported and continue to support the school and wish them and their families a very happy Christmas.

Cards

Weekly winners of the partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were George Doran and Séamus O'Leary. The Christmas final takes place at 8.30 p.m sharp on Thursday, December 19, Wishing all customers a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Development lotto

The results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, December 8, The numbers drawn were 16, 17, 22 and 24. There was no jackpot winner and no match-three winners. €300 will be split between the match-three winners in the next draw. Christmas draw prizes winners were Kathleen Rossitor, c/o Seán Tobin (Brandy) James O'Neill, c/o An Post (Whiskey) Cillian and David, c/o Andy Hart (Vodka) Jim Redmond, Ballina, Curracloe (Whiskey) Amanda Hall, c/o Tavern (Vodka) Power Taylor, Coolock, Dublin (Wine).

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.

The Ballagh

Cheque presentation

Well done and sincere thanks to Robert and Paula Dunne of 'Bob's Bar', The Ballagh on presenting a substantial cheque to the committee of the Ballagh senior citizens Christmas party, the proceeds of recent charity bingo.

Boxing successes

Congratulations to Ryan Cullen, who was victorious last Sunday week in the Leinster Box Cup, in Kildare, in the Leinster Squad International and commiserations to James Cullen who, as always, performed very well.

Huge well done also to Jake Cox, Enniscorthy Boxing Academy, who defeated a Welsh opponent, Gary Richards to win Gold in the Odivelas Box Cup in Portugal recently.

Congratulations

Well done to Joan Kavanagh and friends, who handed over €5,000 to the Cardiac Unit, Wexford Hospital as a result of their wonderful fundraising efforts in Bob's Bar, The Ballagh, The Oulart Hill Bar, The Crosses, Kilmuckridge, Corrigan's Pub, Blackwater and 'Pat the Chap' Vintage Club. Money was also raised from 'Cash for Clothes' and a scrap collection.

Split-the-pot

Congratulations to the recent winner, Tracey Martin, who gets €79. 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 There will be no draw on December 28 but a bumper bonus draw will take place on January 4.

Martin Storey Tournament

The finals of the annual Martin Storey Tournament were played in Oulart on Sunday, December 8. Congratulations to Monageer-Boolavogue on winning Division 3, to Duffry-Rovers on winning Division 2 and to the home team, Oulart-The Ballagh on winning Division 1.

Míle buíochas to Willie Cleary for organising the Tournament, to Martin Storey and Ray Harris, who presented the medals to the winning teams and the 'Most Improved Player' trophies. Thank you also to Hamish Stuart, who led the parades playing the Bagpipes. Well done also to club chairman Bartle Sinnott and the club volunteers who looked after the pitch, car-park, refreshments, dressing-rooms, stewarding and umpiring, ensuring that everything ran smoothly on the day.

Top Table for 2020

The following officers were elected at the AGM of Oulart-The Ballagh GAA Club that took place on November 30:

Chairperson Bartle Sinnott, Joint Vice-chairpersons Martin Dempsey and Peter Kennedy, secretary Niamh Sinnott, Joint-treasurers Martin Redmond and Geraldine Doyle, Irish Officer Breda Jacob, PRO Liz Freeman, Co. Board Representative Ger Doyle, Children's Officer Adam Nolan, Healthy Club Officer, Breda Flood.

300 Club Draw

The prize-winners in October were Aodhagán and Emer Swords (€100), Michael and Margaret Leacy (€50), George Blackburn (€50). Kevin Kennedy, Lar Sutton and Mary and Paidh Doyle won similar prizes in the November draw.

Club lotto

The numbers drawn on Monday, December 9, were 4, 14, 29 and 31. The Bonus number was 10. The prize-fund was 15,000 and there was no outright winner. The lucky-dip winners of €30 each were: Jenny McLoughlin, Ethan Freeman, Nuala Doyle, Emma and Bailey O'Connor and Bridget O'Toole. The next draw will take place in the GAA complex on Sunday, December 22. Book of six for €10. Book of 12 for €20.

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