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Jill Devereux, Gemma Doyle and Katie O’Connor the opening of the Mum Gym in Clonard Village

Jill Devereux, Gemma Doyle and Katie O’Connor the opening of the Mum Gym in Clonard Village

Jill Devereux, Gemma Doyle and Katie O’Connor the opening of the Mum Gym in Clonard Village

Ballymurn: Christmas Craft Fair - A Christmas Craft Fair will be held in Ballymurn Hall on Sunday, December 15, from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

This fair will showcase the talents of all our local transition year students. Why not come along and support our local young people and pick up some last minute Christmas presents.

Ladies football

Crossabeg-Ballymurn LGFC are looking for candidates to look after our Junior B and under-16 teams. If you are interested please contact crossabegballymurn.wexford@lgfa.ie or any member of the committee.

Christmas Cards

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

GAA club news

Lotto results - Numbers drawn were 12, 23, 25 and 26. No winner. Match-three winner Kathleen O'Brien. Next jackpot €10,000. Play our lotto online at klubfunder

Hard luck to our Rackard League girls who lost out to an impressive Ballindaggin team last night in Patrick's Park 4-8 to 1-5.

The Official Wexford Hurling DVD is a behind the scenes dvd of Wexford's road to the Leinster title over the last three years under Davy Fitzgerald. Please contact Paudie Foley at Paudie.

Foley. DVDs are €20 each and there are only a limited number available.

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.


Bingo in the Anvil Pub Ballymurn every Monday night at 9 p.m. Great prizes to be won.


Fundraiser for Soccer club

Crossabeg AFC fundraiser is now in full swing. The members have a large number of Christmas trees on sale as well as lovely wreaths. Prices for the trees start at €30 and the wreaths at €15. They are being sold at Foleys pub and if you are interested in purchasing one, please contact 087 9960135. There is still time for you to get one of these lovely trees, this coming Friday and Saturday, December 13, and 14. So get a move on, they are disappearing fast.


St Killian's senior athletes have been busy over the last couple of weeks running various road races the length and breadth of the country. The ladies did themselves, their families and the club proud when competing in the Dublin Marathon. It is great to see them getting their reward after months and months of discipline and commitment by putting in the hard yards.

Our heroes on the day were Tara Dunne Jarvis, Gayle Kavanagh and Deirdre O'Grady. Well done to all. Good to see Jay Kehoe and Paul Murphy do well when they travelled to Waterford to compete in the Beat the Train 10 mile. Jay put in a great performance to finish in a time of 1hr 12min to take 76th position and Paul Murphy right on his tail to finish in 99th position in a time of 1hr 15min.

Séamus Harding travelled to Wicklow to compete in the 'Run the line' which is a challenging trail run in the Wicklow mountains in aid of Dublin and Wicklow Mountain rescue. The Wednesday prior to that, he and club mate Niall Sheil competed in the Wexford Run in the Dark in aid of Mark Pollack with both doing well.

Niall also travelled to Clonakilty to compete in the half marathon. This event is going from strength to strength with it being sold out this year. Niall had a super race but had to settle for second place for the second year in a row, again behind Clonliffe Harriers athlete Sergui Ciobanu in a field of over 900 runners. Don't forget that the Ferrycarrig five is coming up fast and we look forward to seeing all our friends for what promises to be a fantastic day.

Juvenile athletics

Well done to St Killian's juvenile member Jack Forde, who formed part of the Irish schools International Combines team that competed at the Emirates stadium in Glasgow on Saturday, November 30.

The team of four boys performed very well and took the gold medals back to Ireland. A marvellous achievement.

This good news follows on from a fourth place medal won by Emma McCarthy in the National Cross Country Championshps which took place at Sport Ireland Campus in Abbottstwon the previous weekend. Emma competed in the under-12 race and here she was the sole Wexford athlete in action in this event. Emma has had some very good performances during the past year including a bronze at the National Indoors over 600m and a bronze in the Leinster cross country championships.

Emma paced herself well in the early part of the race and then gradually moved up in the second part of the race, and as she entered the finishing stage of the race was in fourth place, with others hot on her heels. She found some more strength and held on to that position. Well done Emma and Jack.

Annual general meeting

St Killian's AC held their annual general meeting on Tuesday night of last week in Crossabeg school. There was a good attendance of officers and parents alike. 2019 was yet another busy year for the club, with special thanks to club chairperson Anne-Marie Forde for the endless hours of dedication and time given to the smooth running of training, competitions etc.

Training sessions for juveniles for the spring/summer season took place mainly in the community field at Garrywilliam, with good use of the long jump, high jump, throwing events, as well as sprints, long distance etc. Winter training consisted of cross country in the community field till Halloween and then indoor training moved to the school hall.

There was also training on Sunday mornings and athletes also availed of some training at the Hub in Enniscorthy during the year, and will look to use this facility more in the future. The senior athletes organised their own training schedules. The club continues to provide a social outlet for the community and to facilitate the healthy development of the athletes in a safe and fun environment.

Among the items discussed at the meeting included a First Aid course to be arranged to update skills and knowledge for parents and coaches alike; a need for the Online system to be streamlined and the urgent need to have a Defibulator in the Crossabeg area. All information on the clubs activities can be seen on their Facebook page and the WhatsApp for parents group.

St Killian's elected officers for 2020

The following officers were elected for the coming year at St Killian's annual general meeting: Nicky Cowman (president) parish priest Fr Jim Finn (Vice-president) Anne-Marie Forde (chairperson) Niall Sheil (vice-chairperson) Kathryn Kinlough (club secretary) Gail Kavanagh (Competitions secretary) Niall Sheil/Alice Devine (treasurers) Anne Cowman (PRO) Mick Kehoe/Therese Finan (Children's Officers) Chris McCarthy, Bevin Morris, Tara Jarvis, Liam Redmond (committee members) The club is delighted to see Liam Redmond, Bevin Morris and Gail Kavanagh come on board to help out with training sessions and they will be a great addition and help to Nicky, Mick, Paul, Pavel and Anne-Marie.


Senior Parishioners Party

This year the annual Christmas party will take place in O'Briens of Glenbrien from two till six on Saturday, December 14. The event has kindly been hosted by Gerry Doran and his team, Tickets are being circulated and delivered to seniors over the coming days.

If you would like to attend the event and have not yet received an invite or know of anyone who would like to go please contact and of the community group committee and we wi;l get an invite to you. If you would like to donate a raffle prize also you can contact any of the group or call John Doran at 087 6389031 for more information.

Over the Water

Development lotto

Results of the Curracloe United lotto draw for Sunday, December 1, The numbers drawn were 4, 10, 22 and 28. There was no jackpot winner and two match-three winners, who each received €75, Allison Tobin, Curracloe and Eileen Murphy, c/o 12, Riverglen, Curracloe. The weekly draw takes place every Sunday night at 9 p.m. and tickets are available from committee members in the parish.

Camogie Teen Disco

The next teen disco will take place on Friday, December 13, Contact 087 6983334 for further details.


The weekly winners of partners 45 in Hotel Curracloe were Kenneth Hearne and a.n other. The Christmas final will take place on Thursday, December 19, at 8.30 p.m. You must have played six nights to qualify for the final.


Congratulations to the winners of the recent split-the-pot draw held in Curracloe national school, Eric and Norma Ryan, who won €135. Envelopes are on sale in all the local Curracloe businesses as well as the school for €2 for one draw, six draws for €10 or 12 draws for €20. The next draw takes place on Wednesday, December 11.

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.


Christmas Jumper Night

A Christmas jumper night will be held in Mernaghs Lounge Oylegate on Saturday, December 14, and all are welcome to come along.

First Responders

The first responders are now up and going and are looking for new members to join this worthy team.

Christmas Masses

Oylegate - Christmas Eve 6.30 p.m. and Christmas Day 10.30 a.m.

Glenbrien - Christmas Eve 8 p.m. and Christmas Day 9.30 a.m.

Coffee morning

At a recent coffee morning held in Mernagh's lounge Oylegate a total of €860 was raised for the SERT bus and the Hope Centre. Many thanks to all who supported the morning, it is greatly appreciated.

ICA News

The annual ICA coffee morning will take place in Mernagh's lounge on Thursday, December 12, at 11 a.m. All are most welcome to come along.

Book launch

On behalf on the GAA A big congratulations to Joe Casey, who recently launched his book '60 Years at the Cutting Edge' in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate. The book is currently on sale and is available from Pat Murphy 087 2206305, from Mernaghs Lounge, or from any commit member. All proceeds from the book is going to Oylegate GAA Club.

Senior citizens party

The annual senior citizens Christmas party will take place on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Ladies' football

Crossabeg-Ballymurn LGFC are looking for candidates to look after our Junior B and under-16 teams. If you are interested please contact crossabegballymurn.wexford@lgfa.ie or any member of the committee.

Poker Classic

Poker classic continues every Friday night in Mernagh's Lounge Oylegate at 9.30 p.m.

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. The couch to 5k group meet Wednesday evenings. All welcome to take part.

Baby and Toddler Group

Baby and Toddler Group gathering 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.

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