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Around the Districts: Ballymurn, Blackwater, Glenbrien, Over the Water, Oylegate, The Ballagh


Emily and Brooke McGibney with their nan Deirdre Eckbauer at the Castlebridge horticultural and agricultural show

Emily and Brooke McGibney with their nan Deirdre Eckbauer at the Castlebridge horticultural and agricultural show

Emily and Brooke McGibney with their nan Deirdre Eckbauer at the Castlebridge horticultural and agricultural show

Ballymurn: Congratulations - Congratulations to all the students on their Leaving Cert results and their college offers.

Pioneer News

The Pioneer Total Abstinence Association will hold its annual pilgrimage in Our Lady's Island on Monday, September 2. Mass will be preceded by procession around the Island starting at 7.15.

Bus service

The local link have a service from Ballymurn to Wexford on Wednesday mornings leaving Ballymurn at 10.05 a.m. and departs Wexford town at 13.30.

GAA Club lotto

Numbers drawn were 1, 5, 7 and 8. No winner. Match-three winners: Andy Murphy Quigley, Veronica Roche. Next jackpot €10,000. Tickets are vailable from any club member or you can play online.

Well Done Ciara

Congratulations to Ciara Carley from Ballymurn on winning a Leinster title, an all-Ireland title and winning a silver medal int he clay pigeon World Championship.

Ciara hopes to secure her place on the Irish National squad for the 2020 world championships in England.

Best of luck

Best of luck to Annmarie Kehoe Kilmallock and Shades Hair Salon Wexford, who are Finalists in the Irish Hair and Beauty Awards in Dublin next weekend.

Notes for Papers

If you have any notes you would like included in the Ballymurn Notes please foward them to ballymurnnotes@hotmail.com by Thursday night.


Active Retirement

The active retirement groupr are planning a 4-night (five day) trip to Youghal on September 30. The cost for the trip is €290. A deposit of €90 is needed as soon as possible to secure your place.

GAA notes

Fixtures for the week: Tonight (Tuesday) under-13 Hurling Division 3 Quarter Final v St Anne's at 6.45 in Rathangan. Wednesday under-20 Premier Hurling Prem Round v Na Fianna, home at 6.45. Saturday Junior football championship last round v Starlights at 3.30, Oylegate.

The junior footballers enjoyed a good win 2-9 to 1-9 victory over Shelmaliers in the championship. Kerill Sutton and Tomás Murphy with the goals. That sees them through to the quarter finals for the first time in three years.

Unfortunately the intermediate hurlers were defeated by Askamore by two points in the championship.

This week 25 years ago, the junior hurlers got a walkover against Tara Rocks in their last game to see them through to the Quarter Final.



Bingo continues on Wednesday nights in O'Briens. Holy Family School would like to thank O'Briens for their continued support. A €1 donation from every bingo book sold on the night for the next six weeks will go to the school. Please support this. And have a fun night out in your local.

Back to School

Holy Family School returns to school on Wednesday, August 29, at 9 a.m.

Pop Up Gaeltacht

There will be a Pop Up Gaeltacht in Mernagh's bar, Oylegate on Friday, September 6, starting at 9.30 p.m. The idea is for people to meet informally in a relaxed atmosphere and to use whatever bit of Gaeilge they have. No pressure and a bit of craic. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine.

For updates, please follow the Pop Up Gaeltacht - Oylegate Facebook page.

Over the Water

Castlebridge Show

The committee of the 79th Castlebridge horticultural and agricultural show would like to extend their thanks to the many participants who entered in this year's show and to everyone who came along to the show, which was held on Sunday week last a great success. They would like to take this opportunity to thank all the judges, the generous sponsors and all the dedicated volunteers who helped out on the day. Your help and work makes the show a great success every year. The committee look forward to seeing everyone next year for they will be celebrating their 80th event.

Development lotto

Results of the Curracloe United Development lotto draw for Sunday, August 11: the numbers drawn were 1, 2, 22 and 25. There was no jackpot winner and two match-three winners who each received €75, Owen Murphy, Blackwater and Carina Doyle, Barnahask. Curracloe.

Screen/Curracloe Patrons

The annual patron to Curracloe cemetery will take place on Sunday, September 1, at 1.30 p.m. It will be followed by the usual field day. There will be loads of bargains to be had on the well stocked produce and cake stall, fresh fruit and vegetable and the bottle stall. Screen Patron will take place on Sunday, September 15, at 1.30 p.m. and will be followed by similar bargains and stalls and these will be held in Screen school. The organising committees wish to thank parishioners for their continued work and attention to both cemeteries throughout the year.


The Screen/Curracloe parish council would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the winners of the summer split-the-pot to date and thank everyone for their support. This year's draw has been most successful. Draws take place every Friday night, the last being on Friday, September 6, after which it will revert to St Margaret's National School.

Notes for column

Send in those news items on meetings, special anniversaries, upcoming events to redcow2@eircom.net by Thursday evening of each week. You can also text notes to 086 1980775.


Text Alert

There have been a number of house break-ins in the Oylegate area over the past few weeks, two just this week. Parishioners are being asked to be extra vigilant for anything unusual e.g. strange cars, strangers calling to houses with unusual requests. Anything unusual should be reported to the Gardaí. There is a Community Text which covers the Oylegate and Glenbrien areas. Notification texts with details of any unusual activity/behaviour in the Parishes are sent out to parishioners, whose number is on the text list. If you are not a member of this Community Text and would like to have your number included please contact Eamonn Mernagh.

Leaving Cert

Best wishes to all students who received their Leaving Certificate results this week.

Parish Draw Winners

July Parish Draw Winners: First prize €100: JJ O'Toole, Cúm An Tobar, €50 each to Nellie Hayden, Pamela Rowe, Jim and Catherine Rigley, Frankie Kehoe.

Pop Up Gaeltacht

There will be a Pop Up Gaeltacht in Mernagh's bar, Oylegate on Friday, September 6, starting at 9.30 p.m. The idea is for people to meet informally in a relaxed atmosphere and to use whatever bit of Gaeilge they have. No pressure and a bit of craic. Tá fáilte roimh gach duine. For updates, please follow the Pop Up Gaeltacht - Oylegate Facebook page.

GAA club news

Good luck to the junior footbballers when they play Davidstown on Saturday, August 24, at 3.30 p.m. in St Patrick's Park.

Baby/Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group gathering every Tuesday 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 or Ana Egan 086 1939997. Looking forward to seeing you there for 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.

The Ballagh

Boxing Club

A Greyhound Night in aid of the Ballagh Boxing Club, will take place at the Enniscorthy Dog Track on Monday, August 26. The first race will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is €10 and children are free.

Clothes Collection

Oulart-The Ballagh camogie club are organising a 'Clothes for Cash Collection' on August 26 and they are hoping that the local community will assist them by donating clean used clothes. Men's, women's and children's clothing, Paired shoes, handbags, belts, small quantities of curtains, towels, sheets, blankets and soft toys are all acceptable.

To help with this fundraiser you are asked to drop off bags of clothes at the Upper Complex in Oulart on Saturday the 24th between 7.15 p.m. and 8.15 p.m. and on Sunday, August 25, 7.30 p.m. to 8 p.m. so that all bags will be ready for collection on Monday morning. For further information please contact any member of the camogie committee.

Split the Pot

Split-the-pot continues over the summer and your support would be greatly appreciated. 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, The Trading Post, Tim's Cafe, Angelo's Takeaway, The post office, The School Office and Bolands XL.

Leaving Certificate

Congratulations to all the local girls and boys who completed their Leaving Certificate Examination and got their results last week. Best of luck to them all, whether they proceed to further education, embark on an apprenticeship or seek immediate employment.

Under-20 hurling

Oulart-The Ballagh under-20 hurlers will travel to Bree on Wednesday, August 21, to play Ballyhogue in the Enniscorthy District Roinn one semi-final. Throw-in is at 6.45 p.m. Best of luck to the players and management.

Club lotto

The numbers drawn in the GAA Club lotto on Monday, August 14, were 2, 29, 30 and 32. The Bonus Number was 21. The prize fund has reached 15,000 euro. The following were winners in the Lucky Dip: M & M c/o Mgt. Reddy, Mary McLoughlin, Raheenduff, Simon White, Aoife Walsh, Aisling and Maria Whelan. The next draw will take place on Monday, August 28. Tickets are €2 each; Book of six for €10 and book of 12 for €20All-Ireland Tickets

In the local GAA Club members' draw for all-Ireland Hurling tickets Kevin Sinnott and Margaret Leacy were successful while the all-Ireland Football ticket winners were Paul Roche and Martin Redmond.

Afternoon Tea

Kathleen Laffan, Clone West (Y25 X2 86) will host Afternoon Tea in her home on Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. so as to raise funds for 'Brighter Communities Worldwide-Kenya' where she is going as a volunteer. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Mike Denver in Concert

Oulart-The Ballagh GAA will present the ever-popular Mike Denver in concert at the Amber Springs Hotel, Gorey on Thursday, August 22. Doors will open at 7.30 p.m. and the concert will commence at 8.30 p.m. Tickets are priced at €20 and are available from players and committee and at the door on the night. This promises to be a superb event.

Heritage Week

Heritage Week will take place from August 17 to August 25, and with 2,000 events taking place throughout the country, there is undoubtedly an event for everyone. Two local walks have been organised for Heritage Week.

On Saturday, August 24, The Unyoke Walk will start at the Trading Post Caravan and Camping Park at 10 a.m. and follow the 11km, moderate grade walk, to Oulart Hill. Walkers will be returned by car to the starting point.

On the following day, Sunday, August 25, the Jean Kennedy Smith Walk, from Oulart Village to Oulart Hill will be held, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The walkers will be guided to the main monuments of Oulart - St Mochua's 1798 Chapel, the McGawley Memorial, the 1898 Monument, Mise Éire, Bygone Days Story House, the tree of Liberty and Tulach a' tSolais All are welcome and encouraged to participate.

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